Subject Mentor Training 2014-2015

MMU Faculty of
Education Subject
Mentor Training
The Responsibilities of the SM
• To carry out a weekly formal observation on your trainee.
• To carry out a weekly mentor meeting with your trainee.
• To induct the trainee into the department and clarify departmental
• To help create a suitable timetable which supports the development of
subject knowledge and allows the principle of gradualism to be applied.
• To engage in joint / supported planning with the trainee.
• To monitor progress towards meeting the standards, setting targets and
reviewing trainee progress, ensuring that trainees work towards Good
or Outstanding outcomes.
• To contribute to Review 2a/b (during Block A), 3b, 4 and 5a/b (during
Block B).
• To contribute to the Ofsted grading of your trainee (on reviews)
• To support the trainee with their ETL, ILA and CDA assignments.
• To support the trainee with their assignment activities.
• To monitor the trainees collection of evidence for their SEF / RPD.
SM in Induction / Block A
Key aspects of this phase:
• Induction is key as this starts to show trainees what teaching is
all about – whole school and departmental
• Engagement with Progress Indicators – Enables trainees to
show, and you to monitor, progress against the standards.
• Subject Audits – leading to a progressive timetable to address
subject knowledge gaps.
• Addressing weaknesses through clear target setting – keeping
the University Tutor informed of issues/lack of progress.
• Joint observation with University Tutor.
• Remediation procedures– to support trainees at risk of failing.
• Support and advice for trainees in their assignment writing.
• Contribution to Review 2a/b
SM in Block B / Enrichment
• Up-dated Subject Knowledge Audit, plus Review 2a/b and 3a to be
used to identify trainee starting point.
• Progressive timetable addressing subject knowledge gaps and aiding
further development of existing knowledge and skills.
• Continued use of Progress Indicators to monitor progress – aiming to
have all trainees Good or Outstanding by the end of the Block B
placement.(use ‘working towards good’ documentation if not)
• Carry out joint observation against the progress indicators with
University Tutor
• Develop increasing independence in your trainee
• Support for trainees with their assignment writing
• Addressing remaining Standards through clear target setting.
• Remediation procedures to support trainees at risk of failure.
• Contribute to Review 5a/b and organisation of Enrichment.
The Role – Qualities + Skills
Demonstrate good practice
Be an effective communicator
Demonstrate efficient working practices
Act in a professional manner
Maintain empathy
Facilitate trainee progression
Adopt a coaching role when required
Demonstrate commitment to the role
Demonstrate a working knowledge of the appropriate
programme phase
Key Contacts
• Partnership Office at Birley – Bev Ingham
• [email protected]
• Secondary ITT Partnership Leader – Karen Duffy
[email protected]

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