Teach­ers help out men­tor­ing

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

EX­PE­RI­ENCED teach­ers will men­tor young teach­ers at St Clair Public School un­der a State Gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive.

Launched this term, the $224 mil­lion Qual­ity Teach­ing, Suc­cess­ful Stu­dents pack­age will al­low ex­pe­ri­enced teach­ers to take time to coach new teach­ers.

Men­tor­ing teach­ers will ob­serve teach­ers with three years’ ex­pe­ri­ence or less in their class­rooms and pro­vide feed­back.

The idea was based on the re­sults of a three-year study of 6000 NSW public school teach­ers, which found that col­lab­o­rat­ing with col­leagues was the most sig­nif­i­cant pro­fes­sional learn­ing prac­tice for pri­mary teach­ers.

St Clair Public School prin­ci­pal Judy Loader said she hoped the ini­tia­tive would en­cour­age teach­ers.

“The fund­ing is go­ing to al­low us to take ex­pe­ri­enced, good teach­ers off class so that they can spend time men­tor­ing be­gin­ning teach­ers and early-ca­reer teach­ers,” Ms Loader said.

“They will be taught by some­one … they can re­late to.”

Banks Public School will also run the pro­gram.

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