National Teacher Mentorship

Fully-funded, year-long support for regional and metropolitan teachers

Supported by the Australian Government and Teachers Mutual Bank

We're thrilled to announce that our renowned Regional Teacher Mentorship program will expand to a National Teacher Mentorship in 2024. This means that teachers in metropolitan and urban areas across Australia are now eligible to apply.

Every year we welcome 30 teachers from across the country to Bell Shakespeare HQ in Sydney. We train them over four intensive days in innovative Shakespeare strategies, active learning principles, and teaching techniques to engage all learners across all year levels. Then, on return to their schools, we mentor teachers for the remainder of the year, providing support, guidance and resources as and when they need it.

It’s designed to strengthen your Shakespeare teaching arsenal, but teachers tell us the value of the mentorship program extends far beyond that.

It’s a program that allows teachers to engage deeply with their own learning and reflect on their practice; to be looked after so that for a few days, they can be a student again. It’s a program that reignites the passion for teaching. It creates networks of support in a profession that can wear you down. The strategies we teach can be applied to any text, far beyond Shakespeare’s plays.

Each year our mentorship recipients range from early career teachers to those with decades of experience – and all have found the experience valuable and transformative in many different ways.

We’re looking for the next 30 teachers who are ready to take up this opportunity to level up in their teaching and connect with us. If this sounds like the program you need, and you can demonstrate the unique needs of your school and community, we encourage you to apply.

Submissions for the 2025 National Teacher Mentorship will open September/October 2024. To register your interest, fill out the form below and be notified when applications open.

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All travel, accommodation and Professional Learning expenses are provided. See full terms and conditions here.



Marcia Bell is Secondary Mathematics Teacher and Wellbeing Coordinator at Bowraville Central School on the mid-north coast of NSW. Marcia was a Regional Teacher Mentorship recipient in 2021 and shares how she uses what she learned from the mentorship to teach her students build their confidence and believe in themselves.

Watch Marcia Bell


Joan Fraser, Head Teacher of Secondary Studies at Binnaway Central School completed the Regional Teacher Mentorship in 2016. Joan's passion for regional teaching, her lifelong love of Shakespeare, and the support of the Mentorship has combined into innovative lessons in the classroom, embodying the language through movement and expression.

Watch Joan Fraser


Melanie is the English Co-ordinator at Murrayville Community College, three hours east of Adelaide on the Victorian side of the border. After completing the Mentorship in 2016, Melanie brought what she'd learned back to the classroom, encouraging her students to have a positive mindset and have a go with whatever they’re faced with.

Watch Melanie Grant


Emma Grant is Principal of Koorda Primary School, located three hours north-east of Perth. Since completing the Mentorship in 2018, Emma has seen firsthand how much her students now respond to learning Shakespeare and the impact these kids will have on her community in the future.

Watch Emma Grant

Who's it for?

To be eligible candidates must:

  • be an English and/or Drama teacher from regional or remote Australian primary and secondary schools.
  • demonstrate a clear need for participation in the National Teacher Mentorship; and
  • be able to clearly demonstrate the potential value of participation in the program to the applying teacher and to their school community.

How to apply

Entry is by application and will require the applying teacher to submit a statement of intent, as well as a support letter from the school Deputy Principal or Principal.

Submissions for the 2025 National Teacher Mentorship will open September/October 2024. To register your interest, fill out the form below and be notified when applications open.

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Important dates

Mentorship dates for 2025 have yet to be announced.

Please note, travel to and from Sydney is in addition to these dates.

I expected to gain strategies for teaching Shakespeare. I left with a whole new perspective on teaching.

Jack Braithwaite, Wellington High School NSW

One of the best experiences I have had in my career, not just as a teacher. A journey of discovery led by masterful teachers.

Madelene Pearson, O'Loughlin Catholic College NT