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Support for Provisionally Certificated/Beginning Teachers


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If you have any questions, or would like to find out more about hosting a workshop for your Kahui Ako please email Teachers issued with a Tiwhikete Whakaakoranga Tōmua | Provisional Practising Certificate, professional leaders and mentor teachers in schools have access to Mau Ki Te Ako, a support programme run in partnership between Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Education Support Services, University of Otago College of Education.

Induction and Mentoring programmes

The Teaching Council has been supporting induction and mentoring of Tōmua | Provisional teachers in two different programmes:

1. Itinerant Teachers of Music and Relief Teachers
The Teaching Council designed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support Tōmua teachers who are part-time, or relief teachers employed in approximately 0.5 Full Time Teacher Equivalent (FTTE). This programme was also targeted at itinerant teachers of music who may be working up to a FTTE.

The pou tautoko/mentor is based at one of the schools or centres (host) where the teacher currently teaches.

The Teaching Council, with funding from the Ministry of Education, allowed the main host school to invoice for one hour per week for the mentor teacher. This is being used in a variety of ways depending on individual circumstances, such as: teacher release time for the mentor to observe the Tōmua teacher and/or compensating the mentor teacher for time spent with the Tōmua teacher.

2. Tuakana Teina Pilot 
Our Tuakana Teina Induction and Mentoring pilot matched experienced pou tautoko/mentor teachers with Tōmua teachers with the aim of helping them progress to full certification. It was open to individuals who were having difficulty putting their induction and mentoring programme in place.

Read about Carol Walters, a Tuakana Teina mentor, who is so passionate about mentoring she has taken a year off from her teaching role to mentor full-time, and currently mentors six teachers as part of this pilot.

Support in both programmes was open to teachers working across English and Māori Medium settings in early childhood education, primary and secondary settings and Communities of Learning│Kāhui Ako until the end of 2019 (or the teacher gained their full practising certificate).

Due to the successful uptake of these support programmes applications are now closed.  We would like to thank those who applied and are currently participating in these programmes.

Next Steps

The templates for an induction and mentoring programme are being trialled in the Tuakana Teina pilot. After feedback from the participants, these will be modified and made available for pou tautoko / mentor and pia/new/beginning teachers to use as a foundation to develop their individual induction and mentoring programme.