CPD and Networks

Mentor Endorsement

Valuing Effective Mentoring

We have built a visible, progressive pathway for the development of our school based mentors, ensuring our new and developing teachers have consistent, high quality support and guidance on which to build confidence in their effective classroom practice. We place strong focus on the leadership and management skills required to develop professional learning in other adults and subsequently have the result of positive impact on the children in our schools. Accredited tutors support our mentors through training to ensure academic rigour and credibility underlies the core understanding and development of our mentors.

Effective Mentor Standards

Mentors will undertake specific mentor development training every year and are assessed against our own Mentor Standards by experienced Coaches and Senior Mentors. Our Mentoring Standards have been based on those advocated by the DfE in the ‘National Standards for school based ITT-Mentors’ s well as the ‘National Standards for Teachers Professional Development’ (July 2016). Our commitment to excellence ensures the mentors you work with have relevant experience, understanding and skills to ensure your own optimum performance, giving the best to your school and children

Our Mentoring Principles

  • The school-based professional Mentor endorsement provides evidence of achievement of the key concepts and skills required in mentoring.
  • It should not involve additional work, but provide a means to formalise and recognise the process that teachers are already engaged in.
  • Our framework contains performance criteria, exemplars of good practice, checklists and guided reflection suitable for all mentors from beginners to experiences practitioners.
  • School leaders can use the endorsement programme to establish individual targets, support school CPD or assist in Performance Management.

Training

Training will deliver:

  • Appropriate balance of theory and practice opportunities
  • Clear time frames for course delivery and completion
  • Clear methods of delivery i.e. face-to-face classroom sessions, teleconferencing, paper or web-based learning, one-to-one mentoring, workshops etc.
  • Clear methods of assessment i.e. formal research, video of live coaching/mentoring sessions, presentations, learning/reflective logs, diaries, portfolios.
  • Clear costing of the programme.