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Mentoring Beginning Teachers

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Purpose

The Mentoring Beginning Teachers (MBT) program focuses on the professional development and growth of our beginning teachers with an aim to improve teaching quality and support beginning teachers to transition from graduate level to proficient level with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Principals will have the flexibility to make local arrangements to support the mentoring of beginning teachers according to their school context and needs.

Annual evaluations of the program will be undertaken to ensure schools have provided the appropriate mentoring arrangements to support beginning teachers.

Duration of program

Ongoing

Eligibility

State schools who can identify as having beginning teachers. For the purposes of entitlement to a mentor and Teacher Relief Scheme (TRS) funding, teachers who meet the following criteria will be considered beginning teachers: 

  • provisionally registered with the Queensland College of Teachers
  • have worked for less than 200 days
  • are employed permanently or on a term-long temporary contract in a Queensland state school.

Note: that the funding follows the beginning teacher.

Allocation of funds

Approximately 2,400 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions attract funding. This equals up to 18 hours of teacher replacement (TRS) per beginning teacher per term.

The program is calculated at the end of each term based on the numbers of identified beginning teachers and paid early in the following term.

Payment details

Beginning Teachers

PaymentDuring month ofProportion of allocation paid
​Term 1
​April
​100% of the entitlement for the term
Term 2
July
100% of the entitlement for the term
​Term 3
​October
100% of the entitlement for the term
​Term 4
​January (the following year)
​100% of the entitlement for the term

Paid early in the following term, e.g. Term 4 2018 paid January 2019. 

Mentors

Type
Time
Proportion
​Semester 1
​April
​100% of the entitlement for the term

​July
​100% of the entitlement for the term
Semester 2
November
100% of the entitlement for the term

Paid on completion of Mentoring Beginning Teachers mentor training, usually early in the following Semester, e.g. Semester 1 2019 paid July 2019.

Data requirements

DataData sourceTime collected
Beginning Teacher FTEs
Human Resources (MyHR system)
End of each term (MBT Beginning Teacher funding)

How to apply

Schools do not need to apply for these funds. Beginning teachers are identified by Human Resources and their base school will receive payment at the end of each term. Principals are contacted when MBT payments are made.

Further information

These projects are derived from the former government's initiative Great teachers = Great results: A direct action plan for Queensland schools.

Contact

Learning and Professional Development 
Human Resources
Telephone: (07) 3055 2861
Email: LearningandPD.HUMANRES@qed.qld.gov.au

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Last updated 06 March 2019