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Mentor Development Programme - Training Sessions

Our Mentor Development Programme (MDP) has a strong focus on the leadership and management skills required to develop professional learning in other adults more broadly. The programme has been designed by the School of Teacher Education and Development with support of key colleagues in partner schools.

MDP is centred on the skills and abilities needed to be able to support student teachers to have the greatest positive impact on pupils in our schools, and to support the retention of new teachers in the profession by preparing them to be more independent and resilient in their practice.

It offers school mentors the opportunity to reflect on the diversity and transferability of the mentors’ skills in and beyond ITE.

There are 5 sessions that will appeal to all levels of experience, each session will be run in various geographic locations throughout the year to ensure that school mentors can access local provision and build local networks. The sessions run consecutively but are also stand-alone, and they are skill focused rather than process driven.

All sessions provide opportunities for school colleagues to meet the criteria in the Partnership Evaluation Framework (PEF). All sessions are mapped to the National Standards for school-based initial teacher training (ITT) mentors.

Dates for the 2018-19 face-to-face sessions will be published later in the year. Sessions 1 and 2 are now available online at mentors.leadingthefuture.org.uk

Main Audience: School mentors who are new to mentoring or are looking for a refresher or a bit of challenge to their thinking about approaches to mentoring. Colleagues who are new to facilitating the professional learning of other adults.

Based on recognising the attributes in yourself as a learner and leader of learning, and using that recognition as a starting point to deconstruct practice for new practitioners, we explore the relationship between mentor and mentee and how to develop a strong platform for developmental dialogue over the first 2 terms in school.

"Fantastic session, very informative and useful"

Dates for the 2018-19 face-to-face sessions will be published later in the year. Sessions 1 and 2 are now available online at mentors.leadingthefuture.org.uk

Main Audience: School mentors who are new to mentoring or are looking for a refresher or a bit of challenge to their thinking about approaches to mentoring. Colleagues who are new to facilitating the professional learning of other adults. Colleagues who are keen to build a ‘toolkit’ of strategies for supporting student teachers who are struggling or are very able.

Building the diagnostic skills of the mentor to facilitate self-reflection in mentees and identify priority target areas for co-construction. To explore creative strategies to support student teachers to meet those targets and ensure rapid progression that is bespoke to the needs of that student teacher.

"Good resources & facilities it was good to learn and try new reflective models"

Dates for the 2018-19 face-to-face sessions will be published later in the year. Sessions 1 and 2 are now available online at mentors.leadingthefuture.org.uk

Main Audience: All mentors

Explore the tension in the varying expectations that there are on a mentor during the course of a training year, from emotional support, to role model, to assessor. We look at the diversity of skills required as a school mentor and leader of adult learning, including exploration of coaching approaches and where they can add value to learning and a variety of ways.

Discussions around approaches to managing difficult conversations with professional colleagues to ensure that progress is sustained and where appropriate is accelerated.

I have to say I think this was a very powerful session.  I think there are lots of areas which I can use in my practice as a mentor.

Dates for the 2018-19 face-to-face sessions will be published later in the year. Sessions 1 and 2 are now available online at mentors.leadingthefuture.org.uk

Main Audience: All mentors

Reflect on how to use data and diagnostic strategies to ensure student teachers have opportunities to move to Good (2) and Outstanding (1).

We look at how to support student teachers to evaluate their evidence and impact, to ensure that they meet the high expectations of the standards, and can continue to do this through their teaching careers.

"Good discussion around examples.  Not too much writing involved. Thank you. A very good session."

Dates for the 2018-19 face-to-face sessions will be published later in the year. Sessions 1 and 2 are now available online at mentors.leadingthefuture.org.uk

Main Audience: All mentors working with end of year placements

Supporting training teachers to prepare for the transition from training year to NQT year, and exploring what is needed in order for a student teacher to become ‘NQT ready’.

Considering resilience / well being approaches / strategies to support mentees. Great series of Mentor Development Sessions, valued and enjoyed. Now to put into practice!

Dates for the 2018-19 face-to-face sessions will be published later in the year. Sessions 1 and 2 are now available online at mentors.leadingthefuture.org.uk

If you have any questions about anything related with The Mentor Development Programme then please email mentoring@canterbury.ac.uk

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Last edited: 19/06/2018 13:00:00