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

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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
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
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
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
Friday 11 MaySchool TeacherBox HillBox Hill
Box Hill Golf Club
202 Station Street, Box Hill

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Day two 

TERM 2
DateFormatLocationVenue
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
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 JuneRefresherDarebinMantra Bell City
215 Bell Street, Preston
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
Monday 6 AugustSchool TeacherBox HillBox Hill Box Hill Golf Club
202 Station Street, Box Hill
Wednesday 8 AugustCombinedBallaratSovereign Park Motor Inn
217-229 Main Road, Ballarat
Friday 10 AugustSchool TeacherDarebinMantra Bell City
215 Bell Street, Preston

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How do I apply?

The 2017 seminars have concluded. Please check this page in February 2018 for new seminars and booking details.

2017 seminar resources

 

Teacher Mentors

Early Childhood Teacher Mentors

Day 1

Pre-task activity PDF, 584.92 KB

PowerPoint presentation PDF, 5215.21 KB

Getting to Know the Standards & Inquiry Approach PDF, 789.11 KB

Standard Inquiry Matrix PDF, 373.14 KB

Supporting the Provisionally Registered Teachers Guide PDF, 3603.77 KB

Pre-task activity PDF, 596.7 KB

PowerPoint presentation PDF, 5052.04 KB

Getting to Know the Standards & Inquiry Approach PDF, 789.11 KB

Standard Inquiry Matrix PDF, 373.14 KB

Supporting the Provisionally Registered Teachers Guide PDF, 3603.77 KB

Day 2

Pre-task activity PDF, 303.77 KB

Standard Inquiry Matrix PDF, 373.14 KB

School Inquiry - sample of evidence
PDF, 434.25 KB


Short guide to referencing the standards PDF, 594.13 KB

A reflective guide to mentoring and being a teacher mentor

Supporting provisionally registered teachers guide PDF, 3603.77 KB

Code of Conduct and Ethics PDF, 3176.16 KB

Mentoring in the new millennium

Pre-task activity PDF, 303.77 KB

Standard Inquiry Matrix PDF, 373.14 KB

Early Childhood Inquiry - sample of evidence
PDF, 361.92 KB


Short guide to referencing the standards PDF, 594.13 KB

A reflective guide to mentoring and being an early childhood teacher mentor

Supporting provisionally registered teachers guide PDF, 3603.77 KB

Code of Conduct and Ethics PDF, 3176.16 KB

Mentoring in the new millennium

Professional guides

Supporting Provisionally Registered Teachers provides a detailed overview of the VIT registration process and requirements.

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PDF version                                   e-book version (can be saved into
                                                      flipbook viewer - iOS and Android compatible)

The following PDF resources provide an introduction to mentoring and a detailed overview of the role and practices associated with being a teacher mentor.

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Additional resources

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