Final Evaluation Report of the NEST Project : Implementation and Effects of an Adaptive Mentor Training Programme for Novice Teachers at Disadvantaged Schools in Seven European Education Systems

The Novice Educator Support and Training (NEST) project is an ERASMUS+ policy experiment which is co-funded by the European Commission. Within the scope of the project, seven education systems (Austria, Belgium [Flemish Community and the Wallonia-Brussels Federation], Bulgaria, Romania, and Spain [Catalonia and the Community of Madrid]) planned the development and implementation of an adaptive mentor training programme to train mentors in supporting novice teachers who work at disadvantaged schools. The mentor training should subsequently facilitate the implementation of an effective mentoring programme for novice teachers working at disadvantaged schools using the specially trained mentors. This report describes the overall evaluation results of the NEST mentor training programme and of the resulting NEST mentoring. NEST mentors were followed over the course of two school years, and two consecutive cohorts of novice teachers were followed over the course of one school year each and filled out online surveys. This approach enabled the evaluation of the development of NEST mentors and their novice teachers. In addition, a control group of mentors and a control group of novice teachers were surveyed to allow for comparisons between the mentors who were taking part in the training and the novice teachers who received the resulting mentoring and comparable groups of mentors and novice teachers who did not have this opportunity. The evaluation yielded numerous positive results with regard to participants' satisfaction with the training programme and their professional development regarding professional competences and practices.

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