Quality mentoring has proven to be highly beneficial to early career teachers, reducing rates of stress and burnout.
While the benefits of mentoring are broadly known and understood, given the wealth of research published on the topic, teachers do not always find quality mentoring accessible.
Gaps often exist in the mentoring programs provided in workplaces due to a lack of time, resources or access to appropriate mentoring.
IEU mentoring program
Since 2018, our union has offered a mentoring program for members, which connects teachers in their first five years with experienced teacher mentors.
Program Coordinator and IEU Research Officer Adele Schmidt said a great deal of care was taken in matching teacher mentors and mentees.