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:
- trains mentors to guide the practice of beginning teachers
- matches beginning teachers with experienced teachers
- supports mentors by providing them with release time and ongoing networking and professional learning to improve the support available to beginning teachers.
Information for principals
For the purposes of this program, beginning teachers are defined as teachers with:
- provisional registration with the Queensland College of Teachers
- fewer than 200 days teaching experience
- permanent employment or a term-long contract in a Queensland state school.
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.
- Schools will receive up to 18 hours of Teacher Relief Scheme (TRS) funding per term, per eligible beginning teacher (up to 72 hours of release time per year, per beginning teacher).
- TRS is available for all beginning teachers and will be paid through the School Appropriation and Budget Application (SABA).
- To be eligible for this funding it is suggested that, where possible, beginning teachers are appointed on a term-long contract.
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:
- view the OneChannel recordings giving an overview of the MBT training workshops
- self-register for the MBT online community via the Learning Place
- download the MBT resources from the online community - in particular the template tools and resources
- subscribe to the MBT discussion list.
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:
- using an online mentor to work with your beginning teacher. These details can be accessed via the teacher mentor report on MyHR corporate reporting
- approaching schools in the area to pool their MBT funding to access a shared mentor.
Information for mentors
To be eligible for this program, face-to-face mentors require:
- full registration with the Queensland College of Teachers
- permanent employment in a Queensland state school
- the support of their principal.
In addition to these criteria, online mentors require:
- experience in using ICT for learning and facilitating adult online learning
- moderating experience using the department's web conferencing system iConnect.
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.
For more information about mentoring and the MBT program, please contact the Queensland Education Leadership Institute on (07) 3007 5222.
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This page was last reviewed on 22 Feb 2017