|2017-01-01 - 2018-11-30
|Runs during school holidays
|Related to WCED
PSPís Joint Mentorship Project (JMP) is a two-year cycle of mentorship that supports first-time teachers in their early years in the profession, fast-tracking their adjustment to the school and teaching environments and ensuring they are well-prepared to teach.
The project responds to a pattern in South Africa of new teachers leaving the occupation within their first few years of teaching, often due to being overwhelmed by the challenges and realities of the classroom. The PSP aims to bridge the gap between the theoretical training they have received at university or teacher training institutions, and the realities of classroom practice and managing workloads, in order to encourage more confident, knowledgeable and better-equipped teachers.
Each first-time teacher (FTT) enrolled in the Project is assigned a PSP Mentor who will coach and support them over the next 2 years. The PSP Mentor visits the teacher in their school to discuss the challenges and difficulties they face, and a tailored plan of integrated support is drawn up. The PSP Mentor also joins the FTT in their classroom to observe HOW they teach, noting any additional obstacles and tackling these issues through coaching, training and materials support.