Securing Our Future, a major IEU conference held in Sydney on 21 and 22 May 2015, gathered together a wide range of academics and school practitioners to focus on best practice in induction and mentoring (see pages 12-14).
Teacher mentors and educational leaders in schools and early childhood centres in NSW and the ACT had the opportunity to explore a broad range of topics by expert speakers presenting current research and practical strategies.
The Union has been a long and strident advocate for effective induction and mentoring for new teachers and those undergoing accreditation. Over the last decade, with accreditation of teachers enshrined in legislation in both NSW and the ACT, the issue of induction and mentoring has become a key issue at the NSW Quality Teaching Council (QTC) and the ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI).
The establishment of broad policy, however, is only a first step. Guaranteed resourcing and clear employer policies are essential to ensure the success of induction and mentoring programs. In the finalisation of matters for a new Enterprise Agreement (EA) covering school staff in Catholic systemic schools across NSW and the ACT, teachers working towards accreditation at Proficient level and their mentors will have support guaranteed in the EA for the first time. A number of the related Diocesan Work Practice Agreements specify entitlements. The IEU will continue to advance both the professional and industrial agendas in the area of induction and mentoring.