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Role of the mentor

Introduction

The University has made some recent changes to the Initial Teacher Training Programmes to try and ensure that the development of subject specialist teaching skills is at the heart of the course. An important part of this developmental process is the role of the mentor. We know that mentors can play a crucial role in supporting their mentees through sharing their experience and expertise in a supportive and encouraging manner. To support you in this role we have developed mentoring guidance document suggesting ways in which you could support your mentee. You should receive a copy of the mentor handbook, also accessible on this page to the right, and a welcome email message from one of the course tutors at the start of the course.

Record Keeping

We would also like you to be more involved in the assessment of the mentee's teaching skills. There are a range of forms to record the support given and the assessment of teaching skills, which are located in the Mentor Handbook as appendices. All trainees are required to complete an e-portfolio which you may wish to record comments in and/or records meetings in. Please ask your trainee to provide you with access to their e-portfolio. We appreciate that all mentors and mentees work in different ways, and we are happy with whichever method of recording suits you best.

How to carry out your role as a mentor

If you are new to mentoring please look at the information on the Mentoring page to help you support your mentee in the best way possible.

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