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.

In 2020, the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) will be offering mentoring programs through Independent Schools Victoria and Catholic Education Offices. These are in addition to the longstanding Effective Mentoring Program offered by the Department of Education and Training which remain open to all teachers from all sectors.

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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 2020, there will be both separate and combined programs for school and early childhood mentors. Across two days, the EMP content is a blend of the skills and knowledge fundamental to mentoring and knowledge about the VIT process to move from provisional to (full) registration. 

Four training programs will be delivered:

  • a two-day early childhood teacher only program
  • a two-day school teacher only program
  • a two-day combined early childhood and school teacher program

A one-day refresher program is offered for both early childhood and school mentors who undertook the Effective Mentoring Program prior to 2018. Attendance at all days and completion of the online course modules are required to complete the Effective Mentoring Program and receive a Certificate of Completion.

Face-to-face attendance of the two-day program is the minimum requirement for a teacher to be recognised by the VIT as a trained mentor for participation on a Workplace Recommendation Panel.

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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 mentoring
  • Mentoring Capability Framework (MCF)
  • VIT registration process
  • understanding the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST)
  • VIT Inquiry cycle and adaptive experitise
  • Inquiry questions and actions plans
  • MCF action plan and evalution.

Day 2

  • mentoring skills
  • making teaching practice public
  • exploring options for observing practice
  • mentoring in practice
  • understanding the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST)
  • the role of mentors at each stage of the Inquiry
  • Inquiry samples of evidence
  • Victorian Code of Conduct and Ethics for teachers
  • recommendation process overview.

Refresher

  • understanding mentoring
  • Mentoring Capability Framework (MCF)
  • VIT registration process (updates and areas of focus)
  • the Inquiry cycle
  • support material workshop.

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How do I register?

Registrations for the 2020 EMP are now open. To book, click here.

Please note: registrations will be managed by Cambridge Education, you will not be able to book through your MyVIT portal.

2020 program dates

School Teacher EMP

Location Venue Day One Day Two
Dandenong Atura Hotel Dandenong
5-17 Doveton Avenue, Eumemmerring
Tuesday 25 February Tuesday 21 April
Darebin Melbourne Polytechnic
77 St Georges Road, Preston

Map and car parking PDF, 905.45 KB
Thursday 27 February Thursday 7 May
Werribee Encore Events Centre
80 Derrimut Rd, Hopper Crossing
Wednesday 11 March Tuesday 26 May
Ringwood Karralyka Centre
Mines Road, Ringwood East
Wednesday 11 March Wednesday 6 May
Taylors Lakes Lakeside Banquet & Convention Centre
65 Melton Highwy, Taylors Lakes
Wednesday 22 April Thursday 28 May
Sandringham Sandringham Yacht Club
Jetty Road, Sandringham

Map and car parking PDF, 293.25 KB
Thursday 23 April Friday 19 June
Geelong Waurn Ponds Estate
Deakin Geelong, Nicol Dr S, Waurn Ponds
Friday 8 May Thursday 23 July
Melbourne Jasper Hotel
489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Friday 12 June Friday 31 July
Wheelers Hill Mulgrave Country Club
Corner Jells & Wellington Roads, Wheelers Hill
Monday 15 June Friday 21 August
Doncaster Manningham Council Offices
699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster
Tuesday 28 July Tuesday 25 August

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School and Early Childhood Teacher Refresher EMP

This is for school and early childhood teacher mentors who completed EMP before 2018.

Location Venue Date
Carrum Downs Sandhurst Club
75 Clubhouse Lane, Sandhurst
Frday 28 February
Werribee Encore Events Centre
80 Derrimut Rd, Hopper Crossing
Thursday 5 March

Taylors Lakes

Lakeside Banquet & Convention Centre
65 Melton Highwy, Taylors Lakes
Tuesday 16 June
Melbourne Jasper Hotel
489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Friday 14 August

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Early Childhood Teacher EMP

Location Venue Day One Day Two
Werribee Encore Events Centre
80 Derrimut Rd, Hopper Crossing
Thursday 27 February Tuesday 11 May
Carrum Downs Sandhurst Club     
75 Clubhouse Lane, Sandhurst
Monday 2 March Tueday 21 April
Melbourne Jasper Hotel
489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Friday 13 March Friday 22 May
Taylors Lakes Lakeside Banquet & Convention Centre
65 Melton Highwy, Taylors Lakes
Monday 27 July Tuesday 1 September

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Combined School Teacher and Early Childhood Teacher EMP

Location Venue Day One Day Two
Ballarat Sovereign Park Motor Inn
217-229 Main Road, Ballarat
Wednesday 11 March Wednesday 29 April
Sale The Matador Motel
Corner Princer Highway & Raymond Stteet, Sale
Thursday 19 March Thursday 30 April
Warrnambool Lady Bay Resort
2 Pertobe Road, Warrnambool
Friday 29 May Thursday 16 July
Bendigo Lakeside Hotel
286 Napier Street, Bendigo
Friday 22 May Tuesday 21 July
Mildura Quality Hotel Mildura Grand
129-137 Seventh Street, Mildura
Tuesday 2 June Thursday 6 August
Wodonga Huon Hill
48 Reid St, Wodonga
Thursday 4 June Tuesday 4 August
Shepparton Best Western Plus the Carrington
505 Wyndham Street, Shepparton
Thursday 11 June Thursday 30 July
Melbourne Jasper Hotel
489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Monday 22 June              Friday 7 August                  

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2020 program resources

 

Teacher Mentors

Early Childhood Teacher Mentors

Day 1

2020 EMP slides - day 1 PDF, 5123.73 KB
 
2020 EMP handouts - day 1 PDF, 568.16 KB

Standard Inquiry Matrix PDF, 373.14 KB

Supporting Provisionally Registered Teachers: a guide to the (full) registration process PDF, 12539.27 KB

2020 EMP slides - day 1 PDF, 5123.73 KB
 
2020 EMP handouts - day 1 PDF, 568.16 KB

Standard Inquiry Matrix PDF, 373.14 KB

Supporting Provisionally Registered Teachers: a guide to the (full) registration process PDF, 12539.27 KB

Day 2

2020 EMP slides - day 2 PDF, 4025.47 KB
 
Standard Inquiry Matrix PDF, 373.14 KB

Short guide to referencing the standards PDF, 400.54 KB

Supporting Provisionally Registered Teachers: a guide to the (full) registration process PDF, 12539.27 KB

Code of Conduct and Ethics PDF, 3176.16 KB

Workplace recommendation panel guidelines
PDF, 1408.95 KB

Workplace panel checklist: evidence of professional practice PDF, 993.83 KB

2020 EMP slides - day 2 PDF, 4025.47 KB
 
Standard Inquiry Matrix PDF, 373.14 KB

Short guide to referencing the standards PDF, 400.54 KB

Supporting Provisionally Registered Teachers: a guide to the (full) registration process PDF, 12539.27 KB 

Code of Conduct and Ethics PDF, 3176.16 KB

Workplace recommendation panel guidelines
PDF, 1408.95 KB

Workplace panel checklist: evidence of professional practice PDF, 993.83 KB

2020 refresher course (1 day) resources

Day 1

2020 EMP slides - refresher PDF, 5398.98 KB

2020 EMP handouts - refresher PDF, 568.16 KB

Standard Inquiry Matrix PDF, 373.14 KB

Short guide to referencing the standards PDF, 400.54 KB

Supporting Provisionally Registered Teachers: a guide to the (full) registration process PDF, 12539.27 KB

Code of Conduct and Ethics PDF, 3176.16 KB

Workplace recommendation panel guidelines
PDF, 1408.95 KB

Workplace panel checklist: evidence of professional practice PDF, 993.83 KB

Other mentoring programs

While teachers from all sectors are welcome to register for the Effective Mentoring Program, VIT has been working closely with the Victorian Catholic Education Offices and Independent Schools Victoria to extend the reach of mentoring programs across Victoria. 

Catholic Education

For more information and to book, please contact Catholic Education.

Independent Schools Victoria

Mentoring events for Independent Schools Victoria are available for teachers from all sectors, Independent, Catholic and Government schools and early childhood settings. 

For more information and to book, please contact Independent Schools Victoria.

VIT Mentor Coordinator Workshop

In response to feedback from our previous mentoring programs, VIT is offering the new Mentor Coordinator Workshop. 

This one day workshop is designed for mentors who manage multiple PRTs and other mentors in a supervisory role. The workshop will be held on Friday 6 March in the Melbourne CBD. 

For more information and to register, book here.

FAQs for mentors

Read our frequently asked questions about the Effective Mentoring Program (EMP).

How does The Victorian Teaching Profession Code of Conduct relate to the Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics?

Early Childhood Australia’s Code of Ethics is a set of statements about appropriate and expected behaviour of early childhood professionals. It reflects current pedagogical research and practice, providing a framework for reflection about the ethical responsibilities of early childhood professionals.

The VIT Code of Conduct has been developed for and by the Victorian teaching profession; it identifies a set of principles, which describe the professional conduct, personal conduct and professional competence expected of a teacher by their colleagues and their community.

There are overlaps between the two codes in professional conduct and professional competence. These documents are complementary and an early childhood teacher should conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with both codes.

The Victorian Teaching Profession Code of Conduct applies to all teachers and early childhood teachers registered with VIT.

How can a provisionally registered teacher (PRT) demonstrate they are proficient in Standard 1.4, strategies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander learners?

A PRT should consider individual children’s progress in relation to the Learning and Development Outcomes and / or the Victorian Curriculum. Part of this consideration includes any modifications the PRT makes to their practice to assist an ATSI learner to access the learning. The evidence of this may be found in the learning programs and experiences as well as lesson and unit plans.

The following are some examples of evidence for descriptor 1.4:

  • lesson / day plans that incorporate the use of narrative (e.g. films, texts, oral stories) to engage Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander learners;
  • learning that incorporates the use of Aboriginal community members (especially elders) to explore themes, ideas and skills; and
  • lesson observation notes or anecdotal records that reflect management of learner behaviour that is sensitive to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners.

If a PRT does not have an Australian and Torres Strait Islander learner child in their group(s), the PRT can:

  • observe an experienced teacher’s practice and / or approach to an Australian and Torres Strait Islander learner and base their demonstration of Standard 1.4 on another child in the educational setting; or 
  • include a hypothetical Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander learner to demonstrate the standard.

Then the questions to ask are:

  • what would I do if I had this learner in my group? 
  • how would I design and implement effective teaching strategies that are responsive to the local community and cultural setting, linguistic background and histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners?

It would be beneficial to include at least one professional discussion with the mentor that includes a few hypotheticals, which focus on what the PRT will do and how they will record the approach that they would take.

Teachers may find the following resources useful:

How can a PRT demonstrate they are proficient in Standard 1.6, strategies to support full participation of learners with disability?

A PRT should consider the modifications to the curriculum and / or their practice they need to make to support the full participation of learners with disability. The evidence of this will may be in the teacher’s program and individual learning experiences / lesson or unit plans.

The following are some examples of evidence for descriptor 1.6:

  • meets the learning needs of a learner with a disability through the differentiation of experiences and tasks recorded in the teaching program;
  • develops individual learning plans for learners with disability;
  • indicates strategies that addresses disability policy or legislation through annotations in learning experiences / lesson or unit plans; and
  • designs and implements play and learning programs that utilise notes of meetings with families, specialist support teams or services.

The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) provides a definition of learners with disability. This is quite broad and includes:

  • total or partial loss of the person's bodily or mental functions;
  • total or partial loss of a part of the body;
  • the presence in the body of organisms causing disease or illness;
  • the presence in the body of organisms capable of causing disease or illness;
  • the malfunction, malformation or disfigurement of a part of the person's body;
  • a disorder or malfunction that results in the person learning differently from a person without the disorder or malfunction; and
  • a disorder, illness or disease that affects a person's thought processes, perception of reality, emotions or judgement or that results in disturbed behaviour.

The definition of disability includes those learners with disability who are supported by general resources available within the school or service, as well as learners who are receiving targeted specialist education services and supports.

The impact of the learner’s disability should result in the school or service actively addressing the learner’s specific individual education and learning and development needs arising from their disability. This should be done within quality differentiated teaching practice and / or by monitoring the learner, or providing a ‘supplementary’ / higher level of support.

Whilst this definition is broad and includes a wide range of disabilities such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, autism spectrum disorder or hearing and vision impairments, it does not include learners who speak English as a second language. While this may present some teaching or learning challenges, it is not considered a disability.

Teachers may find the following resources useful:

Why doesn’t Victoria recognise a standards level beyond ‘proficient’ like other jurisdictions?

For a regulatory authority to recognise levels beyond proficient requires a certification process involving a rigorous and robust assessment of evidence of practice. Through this process, certified teachers demonstrate their impact on colleagues and students and develop a deep understanding of their own practice along with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Currently three states and one Territory have processes in place. In NSW and WA the accreditation process is linked to salary.

In 2011, the Victorian Premier rejected the offer to provide funding to undertake the accreditation process. In 2012, VIT undertook a pilot project with a group of non-government and government school teachers, looking at the Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher certification process, however no implementation followed this project.

How will my PRT / mentor find out about the provisional to (full) registration requirements?

In order to create awareness and assist PRTs in the provisional to (full) registration process VIT:

Where can a PRT learn more about the Code of Ethics and the Code of Conduct?

VIT has developed, and will continue to develop, a series of videos and podcasts on the Code of Conduct.

Early Childhood Australia’s Code of Ethics can be accessed here.

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