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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 6 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2784..

All teachers are involved in a mentoring program through the Professional Pathways program.

Contract and probationary teachers have a panel led by an executive teacher that also includes a level one teacher as their mentor. The probationary panel process is a specific program designed to meet the needs of beginning teachers.

Informal mentoring occurs within the faculty for new and less experienced teachers.

At the beginning of the year, between 2 and 4 sessions are conducted for new staff on procedural matters relating to the running of the school.

The principal and executive have included the development of their mentoring skills as part of their own professional pathways plans. This is achieved through professional discussion, shared readings and attending professional development sessions.

More experienced teachers are appointed as mentors to teams of less experienced teachers.

There is no formal allocation of time for mentoring. The degree to which it occurs depends upon the specific needs of individual teachers.

Informal mentoring occurs frequently. More experienced teachers will assist new teachers. The school culture is very supportive.

Gundaroo Primary is not an ACT government school.

(4) N/A


(Question No 1497)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 4 May 2004:

How many retired teachers (a) were employed by the Department of Education, Youth and Family Services on a casual basis and (b) have applied to the Department for teaching positions in (i) 2002-2003 and (ii) 2003-2004 to date.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to Mr Pratt's question is:

(a) (i) The number of retired teachers aged 55 years or more who were registered and approved casual teachers who worked in 2002-2003 was 164.

(ii) The number of retired teachers aged 55 years or more who were registered and approved casual teachers who are working in 2003-2004 to date is 107.

(b) Temporary (contract) employment is available to any teacher who is registered and approved for casual employment, including teachers retired from permanent employment. Very few teachers aged 55 or more apply for permanent employment once they have retired.

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