Regional Teacher Mentorship

Teachers Mutual Bank is proud to support the Bell Shakespeare Regional Teacher Mentorship.

30 English and drama teachers from regional, rural and remote Australian schools receive a fully funded, year-long mentorship with Bell Shakespeare every year.

This experience provides invaluable insights for teaching Shakespeare. Recipients will learn how to make Shakespeare accessible through lesson plans and programs, and find inspiration for taking the words off the page and making them engaging and relatable to students.

Mentorship includes

  • Four days of accredited Professional Learning at Bell Shakespeare HQ in Sydney with flights, accommodation and food expenses included.
  • Specialist training in practical and innovative teaching strategies for Shakespeare plays.
  • The opportunity to collaborate and network with other regional teachers from around Australia.
  • Ongoing support from Bell Shakespeare artists and staff, as well as access to in-school and in-theatre programs on return to their school. 

Why this mentorship matters

“We believe every teacher should be given equal development opportunities. The Regional Teacher Mentorship not only recognises outstanding teachers in our regional communities, but also equips them with the training to further their careers and most importantly enrich their students’ learning through English and drama,” Steve James, Teachers Mutual Bank CEO.

What teachers are saying

Listen to what previous attendees have to say about their experiences.

Shakespeare in the classroom

‘It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life,’ says Alison Kerimofski, recalling the year-long mentorship she undertook. As a teacher for kids with disabilities, this mentorship gave her the confidence and support she needed to open the emotional world of Shakespeare and its benefits to her students.

Read more about her experience and takeaways.

About Bell Shakespeare

Bell Shakespeare is Australia’s only national touring theatre company. It tours two or more productions of Shakespeare’s plays and other classics to state capitals and 25+ regional and rural centres each year.

Bell Shakespeare also operates a nationwide, unparalleled education programme, introducing generations of students to Shakespeare around Australia, through in-theatres and in-schools performances, student workshops and masterclasses and professional development opportunities for teachers. Over 80,000 students participate in a Bell Shakespeare learning programme each year.

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