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 of a two-day professional learning program developed and delivered as a partnership with the Department of Education and Training. The EMP is open to experienced (fully) registered teachers working in government, Catholic and independent schools and early childhood services. 

In 2019, there will be both separate and combined programs for school and early childhood 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.

It is encouraged that teachers attend the same location to build relationships with presenters and their peers.

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

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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2019 Seminar dates

School Teacher EMP

Location Venue Day One Day Two
Moonee Ponds Moonee Valley Racing Club
McPherson Street, Moonee Ponds
Monday 25 February Monday 20 May
Box Hill Box Hill Golf Club
202 Station Street, Box Hill

Map and car parking PDF, 715.07 KB
Wednesday 27 Feb Thursday 30 May
Point Cook Sanctuary Lakes Function Centre
70 Greg Norman Drive, Point Cook
Thursday 14 March Tuesday 4 June
Sandringham Sandringham Yacht Club
Jetty Road, Sandringham

Map and car parking PDF, 293.25 KB
Monday 1 April Thursday 6 June
Wheelers Hill Mulgrave Country Club
Corner Jells & Wellington Roads, Wheelers Hill
Tuesday 2 April Thursday 1 Aug
Geelong Geelong Football Club
Simonds Stadium, Kardinia Park, Geelong

Map and car parking PDF, 485.37 KB
Tuesday 7 May Monday 29 July
Melbourne L18, 600 Bourke Street Melbourne Friday 10 May Friday 9 Aug
Carrum Downs Sandhurst Club
75 Clubhouse Lane, Sandhurst
Tuesday 14 May Monday 24 June
Darebin Melbourne Polytechnic
77 St Georges Road, Preston

Map and car parking PDF, 905.45 KB
Monday 27 May Wednesday 31 July 
Ringwood Karralyka Centre
Mines Road, Ringwood East
Monday 22 July Wednesday 21 August

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School Teacher Refresher EMP

This is for school teacher mentors who completed EMP before 2015.

Location Venue Date
Point Cook Sanctuary Lakes Function Centre
70 Greg Norman Drive, Point Cook
Tuesday 30 April
Carrum Downs Sandhurst Club
75 Sandhurst Boulevard, Skye
Thursday 2 May
Darebin Melbourne Polytechnic
77 St Georges Road, Preston

Map and car parking PDF, 905.45 KB
Thursday 25 July
Melbourne L18, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne Friday 23 August

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Early Childhood Teacher EMP

Location Venue Day One Day Two
Box Hill Box Hill Golf Club
202 Station Street, Box Hill

Map and car parking PDF, 715.07 KB
Tuesday 5 March Friday 24 May
Carrum Downs Sandhurst Club     
75 Clubhouse Lane, Sandhurst
Monday 25 March Friday 7 June
Melbourne  L18, 600 Bourke Street, MelbourneFriday 29 March Friday 14 June
Point Cook Sanctuary Lakes Function Centre
70 Greg Norman Drive, Point Cook
Friday 19 July Monday 9 September

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Combined School Teacher and Early Childhood Teacher EMP

Location Venue Day One Day Two
Traralgon Century Inn
5 Airfield Road, Princes Highway, Traralgon
Wednesday 20 March Wednesday 5 June
Ballarat Sovereign Park Motor Inn
217-229 Main Road, Ballarat
Wednesday 27 March Thursday 13 June
Bendigo All Seasons Hotel Resort
171 – 183 McIvor Road, Bendigo
Tuesday 30 April 7 August
Melbourne L18, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne Friday 3 May Friday 2 August
Echuca Mercure Port of Echuca
465 High Street, Echuca
Friday 10 May Tuesday 23 July
Wodonga Huon Hill
48 Reid St, Wodonga
Wednesday 15 May Thursday 1 August
Warrnambool Lady Bay Resort
2 Pertobe Road, Warrnambool
Wednesday 29 May Wednesday 17 July
Swan Hill Ibis Styles Swan Hill
405-415 Campbell St, Swan Hill
Thursday 30 May Tuesday 13 August

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How do I apply?

Registration for the 2019 seminars are open. Select the seminar of your choice through My Events in your 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 2019 PDF, 766.04 KB

Standard Inquiry Matrix PDF, 373.14 KB

Supporting Provisionally Registered Teachers: a guide to the (full) registration process PDF, 4507.9 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 2019 PDF, 766.04 KB

Standard Inquiry Matrix PDF, 373.14 KB

Supporting Provisionally Registered Teachers: a guide to the (full) registration process PDF, 4507.9 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, 4507.9 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, 4507.9 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.