Teacher Mentor Information Letter

Teacher Mentor Information Letter

Dear teachers

The Department of Education and Training Teacher Education Centre of Excellence (TECE) initiative is about improving outcomes for students through cultivating teacher quality. The centre provides under-graduates and beginning teachers with the preparation, supervision, mentoring, induction and support they need to develop strong teaching capabilities and competence. It is about quality teachers working collaboratively growing our profession and assisting our future colleagues.

To achieve this, the Morayfield TECE is seeking high performing practising teachers who are interested in mentoring a preservice teacher as part of the centre program. Applicants from a range of teaching backgrounds and qualifications are encouraged to apply.


Being a teacher mentor involves:

  • A voluntary three year commitment per participant (one year preservice; two years beginning teacher), with a tapering responsibility throughout this period.
  • Mentoring in alignment with the course outline using the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) as the curriculum guide.
  • A commitment to attend MTECE related events and meetings involving teacher mentors.
  • Mentoring during or facilitation of the mentee’s university practical placement units and internship (if applicable).
  • Assisting the mentee with on-going development, implementation and review of their personal learning plan.
  • Signing of the Consent Form and Consent Schedule to enable the centre to use copyright material image, recording and name or personal information in MTECE related materials.
  • Complying with the Memorandum of Agreement between the Queensland Teacher’s Union and the Department of Education and Training, with particular note of the section relating to School Centre of Excellence Program Teachers.
  • Recording accurately in a ‘Mentoring Log’ time spent engaged in active mentoring activities with mentee. Agreement to consultation with the Head of Mentoring regarding mentoring hours recorded.
  • Negotiating with your school principal access to, and use of, incentives from the scheme associated with the centre. This will be supported through the mentor’s performance development plan. Incentives associated with the scheme apply to the first year of mentoring only.


For more information relating to the incentives scheme, refer to the Memorandum of Agreement between the Queensland Teacher’s Union and the Department of Education and Training.

Incentives that may be considered and offered on a school-by-school basis include but are not limited to:

  • Additional coordination and non-contact time (for example, one hour of additional coordination and non-contact time for every five hours engaged in mentoring to be taken at an operationally convenient time);
  • Access to funded professional development opportunities, including post-graduate studies;
  • Professional resources;
  • Classroom resources; and/or
  • Professional association memberships.

Note: All incentives are non-monetary.


To be eligible to apply to be a teacher mentor, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a permanent EQ employee.
  • Have a minimum two years classroom teaching experience.
  • Have successfully completed or be willing to complete a full days Mentor training as a minimum level of mentor training.


Complete the Expression of Interest and submit, in hard copy, to your principal no later than Friday 28th August 2015. The EOI form and more information about the Morayfield TECE is available from your principal or online at www.tecmorayfield.eq.edu.au


  1. Complete the Expression of Interest and return to your principal by the due date for endorsement.
  2. Please return the EOI to head of Mentoring, who will contact you.

If you have any further questions regarding the centre or the expression of interest process, do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email.


Suzanne Clifton

Head of Mentoring

Morayfield Teacher Education Centre of Excellence

PH: 5428 8431

MOB: 0467 777 723