Mentor training for experienced school teachers

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Effective Mentoring Program

The Effective Mentoring Program is a joint initiative run in partnership between the Department of Education and Training and the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Programs are offered to school teachers at multiple locations across the state with Day 1 conducted in February and March, and Day 2 during May and September. Teachers who register for the program must be able to attend both days.

Early childhood teachers interested in the program can find more information here: Mentor training for experienced early childhood teachers.

Who is it for?

The Effective Mentoring Program is designed for experienced teachers who are mentoring provisionally registered teachers in 2017.

What will I learn?

The aim of the Effective Mentoring Program is to build the capacity of mentors to support beginning teachers through ongoing professional learning embedded in day-to-day practice. This builds the capacity and self-efficacy of the beginning teachers which has a positive impact on improving student learning outcomes.

Activities allow participants, in their role as mentors, to explore the practice of mentoring and how they can support beginning teachers to improve their teaching practice. A natural outcome of effective mentoring is the achievement of full Victorian Institute of Teaching registration.

Day 1

  • understanding ourselves in the role of mentors of beginning teachers
  • knowing the professional standards and the need for evidence to support full registration
  • understanding my beginning teacher and their learning needs.

Day 2

  • explore the coaching and guiding mentoring functions.
  • explore how to engage in learning conversations that allow beginning teachers to reflect, analyse and respond effectively to events in the classroom.
  • finalising the full registration process.

Time is allowed for reflective conversations with other mentors as a means of confirming and extending ideas and understandings.

How do I apply?

Registration for the program is conducted through the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Teachers must register for both days of the program.

Registration instructions are available on the Victorian Institute of Teaching website at: Effective Mentoring Program

What assistance is provided?

The program is offered at no cost to schools or participants.

Program resources

  • Reflective Guide to Teacher M​entoring​ - This guide is designed to support the further development of experienced teachers in their important role of mentoring less experienced colleagues. Practices referred to in this guide, drawn from research, are offered for reflection and as options to be considered and adapted rather than simply implemented. It supports the reader to consider their approach to mentoring that is appropriate to them, their context and the colleagues they are supporting.
  • Mentoring in the New Millenniu​m​ - An article by Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan which is valuable pre-reading for teachers about to begin a mentoring relationship.

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