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Mentoring Beginning Teachers

Beginning teachers can benefit enormously from engaging with an experienced educator in a structured way on a regular basis.

Under the Mentoring Beginning Teachers (MBT) program, all provisionally registered teachers with fewer than 200 days teaching experience who are permanently employed or on a term-long contract in a Queensland state school will be matched with a mentor.

The MBT program focuses on professional learning and growth with the aim of elevating teaching standards and improving student outcomes.

The MBT program:

Information for principals

For the purposes of this program, beginning teachers are defined as teachers with:

All beginning teachers who fit this definition are to be matched with a mentor for the first 12 months of their teaching careers.

Mentor release time

For the first time in our schools, the department will fund release time for mentors to work with beginning teachers and support their professional development.

Support for untrained mentors

Some mentors may have to support a beginning teacher prior to attending the mentor training workshop.

It is suggested that untrained mentors:

Alternatively, principals can match their beginning teacher with a trained mentor at a nearby school by accessing the teacher mentor report on MyHR corporate reporting. For more information about using the teacher mentor report, download the fact sheet (DETE employees only).

Accessing release staff

For some schools in rural or remote areas, accessing supply teachers to allow you to release your mentor may be difficult.

For these schools, we suggest you consider:

Information for mentors

Face-to-face mentor

To be eligible for this program, face-to-face mentors require:

Online mentor

In addition to these criteria, online mentors require:

Mentor responsibility

Mentors must commit to:

  • participating in a two-day fully funded face-to-face mentor training workshop delivered by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) across the state
  • mentoring a beginning teacher or teachers for a minimum of one year
  • meeting regularly with beginning teachers, building a rapport with them and developing an ongoing professional relationship
  • working with their beginning teacher to help them transition to full registration with the Queensland College of Teachers.
  • Further information

    For more information about mentoring and the MBT program, please contact the Queensland Education Leadership Institute on (07) 3007 5222.

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