Online mentors to support remote teachers across state

MORE than 60 teachers have nominated to become online mentors to support rural and remote teachers from 2015.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the 64 teachers, who would undergo additional training in October, would follow 500 teachers who today complete their first round of mentor training.

He said the Great teachers=Great results program would allow the mentors to spend up to 72 hours with a beginning teacher - observing and providing feedback and teaching tips.

"These mentors will play a particularly important role for new teachers in the more remote areas of the state who may not have anyone on the ground to turn to," he said.

"Our primary focus is the results of our children and giving them the best possible start to their education and this program equips our teachers with the support and practical advice they need to be the best they can be.

"Our experienced teachers will spend up to two hours per week with new recruits in the first 12 months of their teaching careers."

Mr Langbroek said more than 500 high-performing teachers attended 19 workshops in the past month.

The next round of training will be held in March, 2015, for about 480 teachers.

Expressions of interest will open in term 4.

For more information on the Mentoring Beginning Teachers program click here.


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