Teachers help out mentoring
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.