28 Aug 2017
Minister for Education
Education Eva Lawler launched a new Teacher Induction and Mentoring package at
Maningrida School today, delivering on a key Territory Labor Government
“One of our election commitments was to introduce a mentor program for early career teachers and I’m excited to announce that we are delivering on this commitment,” Ms Lawler said.
“The Territory Labor Government believes that to successfully recruit and retain quality teachers, we need to provide support in the early stages of their career and continue that right throughout.
“Kids are always at the heart of our decision making process. If we are to become the most improving education system in Australia we need to support every one of our teachers to become an exceptional teacher.
“Research suggests that as many as 50 percent of new teachers leave the profession within the first five years. Supporting teachers at the very start of their career through induction, formal mentoring and relevant professional development has been proven to reduce attrition.
“We have some amazingly talented teachers in the Territory, this package will ensure our early career teachers are able to benefit from their years of experience.
“The fantastic part about these new resources is that they are accessible for all teachers, no matter where they are based in the Territory."
Principal of Maningrida School Daryll Kinnane said it is important for new teachers across every school and every system to be culturally competent and supported.
“The new teacher resources developed by the Department of Education will provide vital assistance for ensuring our teachers get the right mentoring and support on the job, particularly new teachers,” Mr Kinnane said.
“The resources provide a great Local Induction Planner that can be tailored to our school’s unique context.
“Maningrida College’s Lúrra Language and Culture team runs an intensive and effective cultural induction program which is extremely important for our new staff to understand the context of the community.
“This local program, developed with the community, ensures our new teachers have as much knowledge as possible, prior to and on commencement of working at our school.”
The Teacher Induction and Mentoring resources are divided into three stages to support teachers in every phase of their teaching journey:
Prior to commencement: information and resources can be accessed before taking up a teaching post to help teachers become familiar with the school and community.
On arrival: information on the local induction process and the department’s central orientation program to help teachers transition into their new position.
Ongoing support: continuing support includes professional learning, formal mentoring and networking opportunities.
The resources include:
A Teacher’s Guide to Effective Mentoring
Online mentor and mentee training
Local induction planner template
Local induction for teachers in remote schools: guidelines for principals
Remote Teacher Guide: Living and teaching in remote Northern Territory communities
The Teacher Induction Resources are available at www.education.nt.gov.au