Regional Teacher Mentorship

Fully-funded, year-long support for regional teachers

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Supported by the Australian Government and Teachers Mutual Bank

Every year we welcome 30 regional and remote 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 Regional Teacher Mentorship 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’re from a regional or remote school, we encourage you to apply.

All travel, accommodation and Professional Learning expenses are provided.

Please note, the cost of relief teaching is not covered by Bell Shakespeare and must be incurred by the school if an applicant is successful.

Applying for the Regional Teacher Mentorship will be the smartest career decision you will ever make.

Marcia Bell, Bowraville Central School NSW

Who's it for?

English and/or Drama teachers from regional or remote Australian primary and secondary schools.

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.

Teachers must submit:

1) A statement of intent of no more than two (2) pages that addresses the following:​

  • Tell us about your school and community​
  • What are the specific challenges faced in your school?​
  • What is the current perception and place of Shakespeare in your school?​
  • How would the Regional Teacher Mentorship benefit you and your school community?

2) A support letter from your school Principal of no more than one (1) page, that outlines:​

  • The value of the Regional Teacher Mentorship to the school;
  • A commitment to the support and provision of resources for the teaching of Shakespeare in your school; and
  • A commitment to cover relief teaching expenses if the applying teacher is successful.

Dates

  • Applications close Monday 22 November 2021
  • Successful applicants notified Monday 6 December 2021
  • Mentorship dates:
    • Group 1: Friday 3 – Monday 6 June 2022
    • Group 2: Friday 17 – Monday 20 June 2022

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

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Regional Teacher Mentorship Partner

It is not often enough that teachers get the opportunity to engage so intensively with their professional learning. This experience was utterly transformative.

Francesca Gazzola, Edmund Rice College, Wollongong NSW

Watch our information session below hosted by Head of Education, Joanna Erskine, and hear alumni from the Regional Teacher Mentorship program speak about their experience and how the mentorship has impacted their teaching.

Regional Teacher Mentorship Information Session

Credits

Regional Teacher Mentorship information session, held 7 October 2021.