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Induction and mentoring

As a provisionally certificated teacher you will have the guidance of a mentor teacher who is an experienced fully certificated colleague, trained to guide and support you and give constructive feedback.

An induction and mentoring programme supports newly qualified teachers or overseas trained teachers, new to the New Zealand teaching profession, to develop effective teaching practices for diverse learners in a New Zealand teaching context. Teachers who have been issued with a Tiwhikete Whakaakoranga Tōmua | Provisional Practising Certificate will have the guidance of an experienced colleague or appropriate mentor who is fully certificated - Tiwihikete Whakaakoranga Tūturu | Full Practising Certificate (Category One) who will guide, support and give constructive feedback to the provisionally certificated teacher.


Through this programme of support, the Tōmua | Provisional teacher, mentor and the professional leader will keep a record of the induction and mentoring programme including progress being made by the teacher towards meeting the Standards for the Teaching Profession | Ngā Paerewa mō te Umanga Whakaakoranga for full certifications.

At the end of the induction period, the professional leader makes an evidence-based decision to determine whether all the Standards | Ngā Paerewa have been met by the teacher. The Tōmua teacher also needs to retain a record of their induction and mentoring programme and to submit this to the Teaching Council if requested to do so.


The Guidelines for Induction and Mentoring and Mentor Teachers were developed to help teachers, mentors and professional leaders work together to design and implement high quality induction and mentoring programmes. 


An induction and mentoring programme may look different depending on the context and setting, school, early childhood or kura and whether it is urban, rural, large, small, isolated, part of a cluster etc. There are some essential features that should be included when developing effective induction programmes for Tōmua teachers. Induction and mentoring programmes should:

  • be tailored to individual needs and agreed with the Tōmua teacher, mentor teacher and professional leader;
  • include regular observations of teaching practice and opportunities for the teacher to observe their colleagues, including the mentor teacher;
  • have time for ‘learning conversations' where the mentor provides feedback and facilitates critical reflection by the teacher on their practice;
  • be part of wider professional development and learning available to all staff;
  • include access to external networks and professional development opportunities;
  • provide opportunities to use the Standards | Ngā Paerewa in evidence-based conversations that demonstrate the teacher’s progress towards meeting these;
  • be resourced appropriately and meet the contractual obligations of the employer; and
  • have a record documenting professional discussions, observations and feedback, critical reflections on information and data by the teacher and any other professional development.

Getting started

Tōmua | Provisional certificated teachers

Teachers can’t be provisionally certificated indefinitely and are expected to gain Tūturu | Full (Category One) within two to six years. You’ll need to take this into account when you consider what teaching positions to accept, or if you are planning any breaks from teaching.

To begin your induction programme, you need to be employed in a teaching position that meets the requirements set by the Teaching Council. You need to:

  • be employed in a teaching position (not a volunteer or teacher aide position) of 0.5 Full Time Teacher Equivalent (FTTE) minimum;
  • teach in a continuous position (teaching of less than six weeks is not considered);
  • be employed within the general education system or a setting approved by the Teaching Council;
  • hold or recently held a practising certificate; and
  • complete at least two years of teaching with induction and mentoring.

It is also a good idea to:

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Tōmua teachers, professional leaders and mentor teachers in schools, have access to Mau Ki Te Ako, a programme to support culturally responsive practice.


Moving from Pūmau | Full (Category Two) to Tūturu | Full (Category One) 

To move to Tūturu from Pūmau you need to have successfully completed the one year of mentoring required and be endorsed as meeting the Standards | Ngā Paerewa.