Teacher mentors: Extra support for beginning teachers

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell and Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today announced the appointment of eight mentors to support beginning temporary teachers at 38 schools across NSW.

Mr O'Farrell said the new roles were created as part of the NSW Government's Great Teaching, Inspired Learning reforms, designed to increase quality teaching in NSW public schools.

"A great teacher is the most important in-school influence on student performance," Mr O'Farrell said.

"The appointment of eight highly experienced teachers as mentors will help to support those schools with high numbers of beginning temporary teachers.

"Beginning teachers often start out in temporary roles and work across a number of different schools, which makes professional development more difficult for these teachers.

"Everybody starts their career somewhere, which is why it is so important to support our new temporary teachers with experienced mentors.

"There is nothing like experience and being able to nurture graduate teachers is very important, that is why we have made this reform.

"The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has recruited an additional 760 teachers since 2011 to improve the education of our children.

"In Sydney, the mentors will support schools with high numbers of beginning teachers in the Liverpool, Fairfield, Holroyd, and Warringah areas. In regional NSW, schools in Tamworth, Gunnedah, Wagga Wagga and Bathurst will be supported."

Mr Piccoli said the mentors will support new temporary teachers in preparing, delivering and assessing classwork, in managing the classroom, and through demonstration lessons and observations.

"Combined with the other elements of the Great Teaching, Inspired Learning initiative, the work of the new mentors will help consolidate the position of NSW teachers at the forefront of their profession."

The teacher mentors will also assist the new teachers to achieve accreditation at the ‘Proficient' level of professional standards for teachers. The teacher mentors will begin work at the start of term two.




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