How does the program work?

Schools wishing to receive mentoring may nominate two classroom teachers of Foundation/Kindergarten, Year One or Year Two, who have indicated a strong desire for professional learning in music, and are seeking to improve their skills in this area, both in and beyond the classroom.


 

Local model

This model provides maximum opportunity to develop the professional knowledge, practice and engagement of participating teachers over a period of time. Two teachers from the participating school are mentored (focus is on Stage 1 teachers). ‘Local’ is considered within a 30-60 minute drive.

• The mentor liaises directly with the participating school to plan, follow up and evaluate the program (2 days)

• Participating teachers observe the mentor teaching in his/her own school (1/2 day) and have an allocation of an additional casual relief day to compensate them for undertaking weekly feedback sessions with their mentor. (The school needs to absorb this 1.5 days)

• The mentor visits the participating school for 16 half days at times agreed to by all parties (8 days)

Variations to the model may be negotiated directly between the participating school and the mentor, with the approval of both principals.

Cost
Approximately $4,700 for two teachers to be mentored 
• School Professional Learning fee: $500.
• 10 days casual relief: approximately $4,200

The participating school pays the mentor’s school for the casual relief. Where the mentor is a casual teacher, the participating school pays the mentor directly. Travel time is included in the 10 days. Schools will be invoiced separately for the School Professional Learning fee which helps to off-set the cost of the local co-ordination of the program.


 

Remote model

This model is best suited for when a local mentor is not available. Two teachers from a participating school are mentored (focus is on Stage 1 teachers).

• The mentor liaises directly with the participating school to plan, follow up and evaluate the program. The mentor makes two visits to the participating school for 2 consecutive days at a time agreed by both parties (4 days) 

• The mentor mentors remotely for 12 sessions at times agreed by all parties including the evaluation session (6 days)

Variations to the model may be negotiated directly between the participating school and the mentor, with the approval of both principals.

Cost 
Approximately $6,200 for two teachers to be mentored
• School Professional Learning fee: $500
• 10 days casual relief: approximately $4,200
• 1 days casual relief for participating teachers (the school is expected to cover this internally)
• Travel costs (flights, car hire, accommodation and per diem) are booked and paid by the participating school. Approximately $1,500 (for two visits of 2 days each)

The participating school pays the mentor’s school for the 10 casual relief days for the mentor. Where the mentor is a casual teacher, the participating school pays the mentor directly. Travel time is included in the 10 days.


 

Who can apply?

Public primary schools in NSW and WA are invited to submit an Expression of Interest. Schools in Victoria, SA and Wagga Wagga Catholic Schools should contact their local coordinator first.

• Participating schools will receive details of their mentors toward the end of term one 2019.

• All applications must be endorsed by the school principal.

• Applications for one teacher per school will only be considered if no other schools from the area apply.


 

How to apply

• Please complete the online expression of interest form by 15 March 2019. Only one form is required per school.

• Your expression of interest must have the endorsement of the principal.

• If you have any queries, please contact your state coordinator.