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Challenges for principled induction and mentoring of new teachers: lessons from New Zealand and Wales

Langdon, Frances, Daly, Caroline, Milton, Emmajane, Jones, Ken and Palmer, Melanie 2019. Challenges for principled induction and mentoring of new teachers: lessons from New Zealand and Wales. London Review of Education 17 (2) , pp. 249-265. 10.18546/LRE.17.2.14

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Abstract

Findings from the Langdon Induction and Mentoring Survey conducted in schools employing newly qualified teachers (NQTs) in New Zealand and Wales suggest that schools should not be left to determine how they 'do' induction within national policy frameworks. The survey explored responses from key stakeholders who constitute the experiences of new teachers: head teachers, mentors, members of teaching staff and the NQTs themselves. Results suggest that conditions in schools, particularly the effects of leadership, are prime factors influencing the realization of national policy aimed at supporting NQTs. Questions are raised about how principled induction and mentoring can be achieved at scale in the context of variable, powerful school cultures. A disconnection from induction and mentoring by the majority of school staff, including leaders, is identified as a serious obstacle to be addressed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: UCL IOE Press
ISSN: 1474-8460
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 March 2019
Date of Acceptance: 14 March 2019
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2019 10:01
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/120999

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