First generation of teacher mentors have finished training

MORE than 500 Queensland teachers have completed their first round of training to become mentors next year for teachers commencing their careers.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said on Friday the Mentoring Beginning Teachers program was a key part of the government's Great teachers, Great results initiative.

He said 64 teachers had also nominated to become online mentors to support rural and remote teachers.

"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.

"The extra funding under the program will allow the mentors to spend up to 72 hours with a beginning teacher, observing and providing feedback and teaching tips.

"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."

Mr Langbroek said teachers would spend up to two hours per week with new recruits in the first year of their teaching careers.

"In some contexts one mentor may work with several graduate teachers across a number of schools, and schools will be able to work together to determine the best model of support they need," he said.

He said the next round of training will be held in March next year and expressions of interest would open in term four for those teachers who are interested in becoming a mentor - APN Newsdesk.


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