Effective Mentoring Program

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.

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Effective Mentoring Program (EMP)

The Effective Mentoring Program comprises a two-day professional learning program developed and delivered as a partnership between VIT and the Department of Education and Training. The EMP is open to teachers fully registered with VIT and teaching in government, Catholic and independent schools and in early childhood services. 

In 2018, there will be both separate and combined programs for early childhood and school mentors. The EMP content across two days is a blend of the skills and knowledge fundamental to mentoring and knowledge about the VIT process to move from provisional to full registration. 

Teachers who register for the program must be able to attend both days.

Attendance at both Day 1 and Day 2 of the program, and completion of both pre- and post-online modules, is required to complete the Effective Mentoring Program. 

Attendance at the two face-to-face days of the EMP are the minimum requirement, for a teacher / early childhood teacher, to be recognised as a VIT trained mentor for participation on a Workplace Panel for (full) registration. Teachers are strongly encouraged to complete all components of the EMP.

In addition to the two-day program, a small number of one-day refresher seminars will be conducted for mentors who completed EMP before 2015 and wish to update their skills and knowledge about mentoring and the provisional to (full) registration process.

EMP delivery period for school teachers
Day 1: March to May 2018
Day 2: May to August 2018

EMP delivery period for early childhood teachers
Day 1: March to April 2018
Day 2: June 2018

EMP delivery period for early childhood and school teachers:
Day 1: March to May 2018
Day 2: May to August 2018

Refresher programs (for mentors who participated in EMP prior to 2015)
April to July 2018

Further information for government schools and early childhood providers can be found at:

Effective Mentoring Program for experienced school teachers

Effective Mentoring Program for experienced early childhood teachers

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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.

Program overview

Day 1 

  • 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.

Day 2

  • 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.

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2018 Seminar dates

Day one

TERM 1
DateFormatLocationVenue
Monday 5 MarchSchool TeacherMoonee PondsMoonee Valley Racing Club
McPherson Street, Moonee Ponds
Wednesday 7 MarchCombinedTraralgonCentury Inn
5 Airfield Road, Princes Highway, Traralgon
Wednesday 14 MarchCombinedWodongaHuon Hill
48 Reid Street, Wodonga
Thursday 15 MarchEarly Childhood TeacherCarrum DownsSandhurst Club
75 Sandhurst Boulevard, Skye
Friday 16 MarchSchool TeacherGeelongGeelong Football Club
Simonds Stadium, Kardinia Park, Geelong

Map and car parking PDF, 485.37 KB
Monday 19 MarchSchool TeacherMelbourne CityVictoria University
Level 12 / 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Wednesday 21 MarchCombinedSheppartonParklake Hotel
481 Wyndham Street, Shepparton
Thursday 22 MarchSchool TeacherWheelers HillMulgrave Country Club
Cnr Jells & Wellington Rds, Wheelers Hill
Friday 23 MarchEarly Childhood TeacherBox HillBox Hill Golf Club
202 Station Street, Box Hill
 
Map and car parking PDF, 715.07 KB
Monday 26 MarchSchool TeacherCarrum DownsSandhurst Club
75 Clubhouse Lane, Sandhurst
Wednesday 28 MarchCombinedWarrnambool Lady Bay Resort
2 Pertobe Road, Warrnambool
Thursday 29 MarchEarly Childhood TeacherMelbourne CityVictoria University
Level 12 / 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne
TERM 2
DateFormatLocationVenue
Wednesday 18 AprilCombinedBendigoQuality Resort All Seasons
171 – 183 McIvor Road, Bendigo
Thursday 19 AprilSchool TeacherPoint CookThe Brook on Sneydes
215 Sneydes Road, Point Cook
Friday 20 AprilSchool TeacherRingwoodKarralyka Centre
Mines Road, Ringwood East
Monday 23 AprilEarly Childhood TeacherPoint CookThe Brook on Sneydes
215 Sneydes Road, Point Cook
Tuesday 24 AprilCombinedMilduraQuality Hotel Mildura Grand
Seventh Street, Mildura
Friday 27 AprilRefresherPoint CookThe Brook on Sneydes
215 Sneydes Road, Point Cook
Monday 30 AprilSchool TeacherSandringhamSandringham Yacht Club
Jetty Road, Sandringham

Map and car parking PDF, 293.25 KB
Wednesday 2 MayCombinedBallaratSovereign Park Motor Inn
217-229 Main Road, Ballarat
Friday 4 MayRefresherCarrum DownsSandhurst Club
75 Clubhouse Lane, Sandhurst
Monday 7 MaySchool TeacherDarebinMantra Bell City
215 Bell Street, Preston

Map and car parking PDF, 702.1 KB
Friday 11 MaySchool TeacherBox HillBox Hill
Box Hill Golf Club
202 Station Street, Box Hill

Map and car parking PDF, 715.07 KB

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Day two 

TERM 2
DateFormatLocationVenue

 Wednesday 9 May

CombinedTraralgon

Century Inn
5 Airfield Road, Princes Highway, Traralgon

Monday 21 May

 School Teacher 

Moonee PondsMoonee Valley Racing Club
McPherson Street, Moonee Ponds
 Wednesday 23 May

 Combined 

WodongaHuon Hill
48 Reid St, Wodonga
Friday 25 MaySchool TeacherWheelers HillMulgrave Country Club 
Cnr Jells & Wellington Rds, Wheelers Hill
Monday 28 MaySchool TeacherGeelongGeelong Football Club
Simonds Stadium, Kardinia Park, Geelong

Map and car parking PDF, 485.37 KB
Wednesday 30 MayCombinedShepparton Parklake Hotel
481 Wyndham Street, Shepparton
Friday 1 JuneSchool TeacherMelbourneVictoria University
Level 12 / 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Monday 4 JuneSchool TeacherCarrum Downs Sandhurst Club     
75 Clubhouse Lane, Sandhurst
Wednesday 6 JuneEarly Childhood TeacherCarrum DownsSandhurst Club
75 Clubhouse Lane, Sandhurst
Friday 8 JuneEarly Childhood TeacherBox HillBox Hill Golf Club
202 Station Street, Box Hill

Map and car parking PDF, 715.07 KB 
Tuesday 12 JuneEarly Childhood TeacherMelbourne CityVictoria University
Level 12 / 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Wednesday 13 JuneEarly Childhood TeacherPoint CookThe Brook on Sneydes
215 Sneydes Road, Point Cook
Friday 15 JuneRefresherDarebin

Mantra Bell City
215 Bell Street, Preston

Map and car parking PDF, 702.1 KB

TERM 3
DateFormatLocationVenue
Wednesday 18 JulyCombinedWarrnamboolLady Bay Resort
2 Pertobe Road, Warrnambool
Friday 20 JulyRefresherMelbourne CityVictoria University
Level 12 / 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Wednesday 25 JulyCombinedBendigoQuality Resort All Seasons
171 – 183 McIvor Road, Bendigo
Friday 27 JulySchool TeacherPoint CookThe Brook on Sneydes
215 Sneydes Road, Point
Monday 30 JulySchool TeacherRingwoodKarralyka Centre
Mines Road, Ringwood East
Wednesday 1 AugustCombinedMilduraQuality Hotel Mildura Grand
Seventh Street, Mildura
Friday 3 AugustSchool TeacherSandringhamSandringham Yacht Club
Jetty Road, Sandringham

Map and car parking PDF, 293.25 KB
Monday 6 AugustSchool TeacherBox HillBox Hill Box Hill Golf Club
202 Station Street, Box Hill

Map and car parking PDF, 715.07 KB
Wednesday 8 AugustCombinedBallaratSovereign Park Motor Inn
217-229 Main Road, Ballarat
Friday 10 AugustSchool TeacherDarebinMantra Bell City
215 Bell Street, Preston

Map and car parking PDF, 702.1 KB

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How do I apply?

Registration for the 2018 seminars will commence on Thursday 8 February. Teachers will be able to select the seminars of their choice through My Events in their MyVIT portal.

2018 seminar resources

 

Teacher Mentors

Early Childhood Teacher Mentors

Day 1

2018 EMP slides - day 1 PDF, 1697.11 KB
 
Effective Mentor Program Day 1 handouts 2018 PDF, 820.23 KB

Standard Inquiry Matrix PDF, 373.14 KB

Supporting Provisionally Registered Teachers: a guide to the (full) registration process PDF, 1991.88 KB

Companion guide for PRT CRTs
PDF, 2515.64 KB

2018 EMP slides - day 1 PDF, 1876.49 KB
 
Effective Mentor Program Day 1 handouts 2018 PDF, 820.23 KB

Standard Inquiry Matrix PDF, 373.14 KB

Supporting Provisionally Registered Teachers: a guide to the (full) registration process PDF, 1991.88 KB

Companion guide for PRT CRTs
PDF, 2515.64 KB

Day 2

2018 EMP slides - day 2 PDF, 1181.44 KB
 
Standard Inquiry Matrix PDF, 373.14 KB

School Inquiry - sample of evidence
PDF, 434.25 KB


Short guide to referencing the standards PDF, 400.54 KB

Supporting Provisionally Registered Teachers: a guide to the (full) registration process PDF, 1991.88 KB

Companion guide for PRT CRTs
PDF, 2515.64 KB

Code of Conduct and Ethics PDF, 3176.16 KB

Workplace recommendation panel guidelines
PDF, 458.5 KB

2018 EMP slides - day 2 PDF, 1206.63 KB
 
Standard Inquiry Matrix PDF, 373.14 KB

Early Childhood Inquiry - sample of evidence
PDF, 557.52 KB


Short guide to referencing the standards PDF, 400.54 KB

Supporting Provisionally Registered Teachers: a guide to the (full) registration process PDF, 1991.88 KB

Companion guide for PRT CRTs
PDF, 2515.64 KB

Code of Conduct and Ethics PDF, 3176.16 KB

Workplace recommendation panel guidelines
PDF, 458.5 KB

Refresher course (1 day)


Professional guides

   

 

Supporting Provisionally Registered Teachers: a guide to the (full) registration process provides a detailed overview of the VIT registration process and requirements.

Companion guide for PRT CRTs provides an overview of the VIT registration process and requirements, specifically for Casual Relief Teachers.