Mathematics Mentoring Program - FAQs

Find answers to the questions most frequently asked about program details and eligibility for the Mathematics Mentoring Program.

Program details

The Mathematics Mentoring Program will offer up to 40 places for mentors in the 2023 pilot.

Mentors will have the opportunity to develop their leadership and mathematical skills as part of the program. Mentors will have access to professional development and financial incentives throughout the program; including a fully funded professional learning course, regular release time and facilitated networking opportunities.

Mentors will support the participant/s they are paired with as they undertake the Mathematics Retraining Program. Mentors are responsible for:

  • sharing professional expertise and working knowledge of school operations to support participant’s learning and development;
  • providing advice and supporting mentees to resolve issues;
  • modelling different teaching strategies; and
  • participating in professional learning, and/or accessing relevant resources.

Mentors will provide this support virtually but may encourage face-to-face engagements where feasible and desirable. Mentors will meet their mentee/s face-to-face during the program’s expenses paid induction event.

The Mathematics Mentoring Program will provide funding to each mentor's school to reduce their regular workload to 0.9 FTE for 12 months, allowing up to approximately 20 days of release time per year to focus on mentoring related duties, including attending training and networking events.

Mentors are not expected to commit any unfunded time to the program.

Mentors will provide support to participants for 12 months. The department will support mentors and schools if they wish to extend their mentoring program beyond 12 months.

Mentors will engage with their participant/s through regular online mentoring sessions. The frequency and duration of these sessions should be agreed by the mentor and participant, and may change over time based on the participant’s needs.

The department will engage program mentors for 12 months on a 0.1 FTE basis.

The department will work with the mentor's Principal and Head Teacher - Mathematics to schedule dedicated release time for mentoring.



All current NSW Department of Education secondary mathematics teachers with an interest in mentoring upcoming mathematics educators are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible, mentors must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident;
  • be a current mathematics teacher in a NSW public secondary school; and
  • have the endorsement of their principal to become a program mentor.

Application process

Applications are now closed.

Mentors must provide the following documents:

  • CV or resume, including information about past mathematics teaching experience;
  • evidence of Australian citizenship or permanent residence; and 
  • a letter of agreement from their Principal.

After your application has been reviewed and assessed, you will be contacted by the department and be informed whether you have been accepted into the Mathematics Mentoring Program as a mentor.

More information

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