I completed my NQT year in 2012 and am well aware of the joys and stress of beginning life as an NQT. I was very lucky to have a NIPT trained mentor in my school who was a fantastic source of knowledge and always welcomed my questions and concerns with an open ear and an open mind. This year, I decided to train as a mentor too and I have spent the last 2 days training with the NIPT in Marino College, Dublin.

What is a mentor; (Role of a mentor)

A mentor is an experienced teacher (requirement of 5 years teaching experience) who supports a NQT during their first year. They offer support to the NQT and help the NQT to develop as a professional.

How to become a mentor;


  • Get the form from¬†Teacher Induction.
  • Ask your principal to sign it. (recommending you to become a mentor)
  • Send the form to the address given – you will then be asked to complete and online survey and offered a place on a mentoring course. (The courses are held throughout the country during the school year and again during the summer.
  • The course during the school year lasts for 2 and a half days and there is also a 4 hour online module. (1 of the days is a Friday and you are entitled to a sub for this day – the remaining day and a half are Saturdays.)
During the NQT year, teachers experience a rollercoaster of emotions. There is so much of teaching that has to be learned on the job. By having a mentor, the NQT has someone they can go to for support and guidance. However, a whole school approach is the best way to support a NQT.