The long-awaited final evaluation results of the NEST project have been released, highlighting its transformative impact on mentorship and novice teachers in disadvantaged schools. The Erasmus+ project, comprising the NEST mentor training program and adaptive mentoring for novice educators, aimed to revolutionize support structures in underprivileged educational settings.

The core of the project was the NEST mentor training program, a rigorous two-year effort designed to equip mentors with adaptive mentoring strategies tailored to the unique challenges faced by novice teachers in disadvantaged schools. The training curriculum, primarily delivered in the first year through a blend of self-study modules and expert-led sessions, aimed to enhance mentorship quality and efficacy.

The second aspect of the NEST project, adaptive mentoring for novice teachers, saw mentors applying their acquired skills to provide personalized guidance to novice educators. This tailored mentoring approach aimed to address the specific needs and challenges of less experienced teachers, fostering their professional development and resilience within the teaching profession.

The comprehensive NEST evaluation, spanning two school years for mentors and two cohorts of novice teachers, yielded insightful findings through online surveys tracking the progress of participants. Comparisons were drawn between NEST-trained mentors and novice teachers and their counterparts in control groups, providing a robust assessment of the program’s efficacy.

Key findings from the evaluation include:

The NEST project’s final evaluation stands as a testament to the power of targeted mentorship programs in nurturing the growth and retention of educators, particularly in challenging educational environments. For a detailed analysis of the results, the full report can be accessed here, accompanied by a two-pager summary.