General advice for mentors
The following is general advice aimed to assist experienced teachers mentoring Provisionally Registered Teachers (PRTs) who are applying for (full) registration.
Teachers who are new to the profession require guidance and professional support to apply their knowledge in everyday teaching situations, and it is an expectation that PRTs will be inducted into their teaching environments and the profession by more experienced colleagues.
The evidence-based process for full registration requires experienced teachers to:
- observe and provide guidance in relation to the PRT’s practice
- provide feedback on practice
- engage in professional discussions with PRTs
- work collaboratively with PRTs.
This mentoring support is central to the development of new teachers as independent practitioners. As a mentor, you will play a key role in this process and should have an understanding of the evidence-based process for gathering and documenting evidence to apply for full registration.
The guidance offered is an essential element of support and should be targeted to the focus of inquiry.
Use evidence of what you have seen and heard in the learning environment as well as samples of student work to assist in these discussions.
Be prepared to question your PRT to encourage creative and critical thinking.
Help them build capacity to develop perceptive decisions and take appropriate actions.
By the end of the discussion, there should be clear action points for the PRT.
Effective Mentoring Program
The Effective Mentoring Program is designed for experienced registered teachers who are mentoring PRTs and is a research-informed joint initiative between VIT and the Department of Education and Training with the support of the Association of Independent Schools Victoria and the Catholic Education Offices.
The program has two main purposes:
- to support the development of effective peer mentoring and coaching practices for teacher mentors; and
- to equip teacher mentors with the knowledge and skills needed to support PRTs through to (full) registration.
The two day program is offered across the State. Teachers who register for the program must be able to attend both days.
What will I learn?
You will have opportunities to explore the practice of mentoring and how mentoring can support beginning teachers to improve their teaching practice. Mentoring practices are explored in the context of guiding and supporting a PRT, via an evidence inquiry process, through to (full) registration.
- understanding my beginning teacher and their learning needs
- discussing the role teacher mentors play in supporting beginning teachers
- exploring the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) and the need for evidence to support full registration
- identifying factors that enable mentoring in schools and services.
- building a relationship with your beginning teacher
- gaining knowledge of the registration requirements
- exploring options for observing practice
- engaging in evidence-informed conversations
- understanding evidence and the APST
- recommendation process overview.
How do I apply?
The 2017 seminars have concluded. Please check back later for 2018 details.
2017 seminar resources
Early Childhood Teacher Mentors
Supporting Provisionally Registered Teachers provides a detailed overview of the VIT registration process and requirements.
The following PDF resources provide an introduction to mentoring and a detailed overview of the role and practices associated with being a teacher mentor.