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.

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.

EMP delivery period for school teachers
Day 1: TBC
Day 2: TBC

EMP delivery period for early childhood teachers
Day 1: TBC
Day 2: TBC

EMP delivery period for early childhood and school teachers:
Day 1: TBC
Day 2: TBC

Refresher programs (for mentors who participated in EMP prior to 2015)
TBC

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

Day one

TERM 1 - COMING SOON
TERM 2 - COMING SOON

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Day two 

TERM 2 - COMING SOON
TERM 3 - COMING SOON

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How do I apply?

Registration for the 2019 seminars will commence in 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, 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 2018 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.