Need a mentor to help you progress to Full Certification?

Are you partially completed or having difficulty putting your induction and mentoring programme in place? If so, we'd like to hear from you!

Our FREE induction and mentoring programme - Tuakana Teina - aims to harness the skills and knowledge of experienced mentor teachers and match them with a limited number of Provisionally Certificated Teachers (PCTs) who are looking for a mentor.

Applications are now open for 2019, with mentoring available for the full academic year!

How does it work?

Having an effective induction and mentoring programme is the key to building a strong foundation for your teaching career. We understand that it’s not always easy to find a mentor, and that’s where we come in.

You’ll receive support from a qualified mentor who will work with you in your educational setting, at times that suit you.

The programme won’t cost you a thing, and the emphasis is on support and growth – not judgement.

Am I eligible?

To qualify for Tuakana Teina you need to:

  • Be working at least 0.5 FTTE (this can be across more than one educational setting in your sector)
  • Be working in the general education system (school or ECE, English/Māori medium)
  • Hold a Provisional Practising Certificate (priority will be given to those in their 5th or 6th year)
  • Be seeking a mentor as you do not already have one

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Here's what Provisionally Certificated Teachers have said about Tuakana Teina ...

"For me, it felt like a flying start and like I have so much support! It has been great to have clear templates to work with and I have found Helen's feedback incredibly helpful for me to reflect on my own progress. My mentor is fantastic and I feel I can not sing her praises highly enough. She encourages me to look critically at my own practice and see the areas where I can grow and develop - exactly what I felt like I needed!"

"The programme is going very well for me this term. My mentor is a lovely and knowledgeable mentor. I feel very comfortable to ask any questions and discuss any concerns with her. She provides ongoing support on my new inquiry in terms of the different strategies that I could use to support tamariki learning. I am able to reflect on challenges and celebrations with her in our meetings. This reflective practice is an excellent way for me to get to know myself as an educator. In reflecting critically on my teaching with the support from my mentor, it acknowledges that performance can always be developed and improved. It helps me to identify both strengths and weaknesses, building on those strengths and overcoming the weaknesses." 

Take our survey
We would be grateful if you took this two-minute survey to give us an overview of what induction and mentoring currently looks like for PCTs.

Additionally, please complete our application form or email mentoring@educationcouncil.org.nz to lodge your interest in the Tuakana Teina programme.

Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou
ka ora ai te iwi
With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive

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