MMU Subject Mentor Training

MMU Faculty of
Education Subject
Mentor Training
2012 - 2013
SM Support
As the SM you will support:
• The trainee with their progression towards being a qualified
teacher in your subject area.
• The PM in gauging accurately the progress made by the
trainee during the phase.
• The University Tutor in developing the trainee based on the
prior university sessions.
As the SM you will get support from:
• The PM will support your training and development in the role
and they will advise you with any difficulties that occur during
the training period.
• The University Tutor will visit and carry out joint observations.
• Partnership staff will help with organisational issues.
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 2 (during Block A), 3b, 4 and 5 (during Block B).
• To contribute to the Ofsted grading of your trainee.
• 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 2
SM in Block B / Enrichment
• Up-dated Subject Knowledge Audit, plus Review 2 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.
• Introduce Ofsted grading and 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 5 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
How Can I Develop Myself ?
• As an SM in a Partnership School you can access, through
MMU Faculty of Education, a PG Cert in Mentoring.
• You can study whilst you work because in developing your
skills in the SM role you will be achieving the learning
outcomes of the qualification.
• If you enjoy the process and want to study further there is the
opportunity for you to go on to study a PG Dip and then
possibly a Masters.
• In completing the qualification you will be developing the skills
you use every day as an effective mentor.
• Aim to have the SM role highlighted within your Performance
Key Contacts
• Partnership Office at Didsbury – Bev Ingham
[email protected]
• Partnership Office at Crewe – Judith Broughton
[email protected]
• Partnership Co-ordinator – Jane Petrie
[email protected]
• Secondary and PCET ITT Partnership Leader – Karen Meanwell
[email protected]

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