The Mentor’s role

There are two aspects to the mentor’s role on this programme: mentoring the trainee teacher throughout the year and observing him/her teach.

Your role as a mentor:

  • Discuss with the mentee their teaching and progress on the course.
  • Support their development as a subject specialist teacher
  • Help them to organise observations of experienced subject teachers

So, please:

  1. Arrange an initial mentoring meeting, set boundaries and complete the mentor agreement (in the mentee’s document pack)
  2. Arrange further meetings – preferably on a fortnightly basis for 30 minutes, or weekly for full time trainees
  3. Ask your mentee to log these meetings on the mentoring record (in their document pack) and set action points
  4. Let the mentee observe your teaching
  5. Observe your mentee’s teaching and send a report to Teacher Education

Keep the Teacher Education team informed of any difficulties

Subject specialist observations

Your role in observations:

  • Carry out two observations, one in each year of the part time course, or in each half year of the full time course
  • Observe for at least one hour, focusing on the students’ learning of your specialist subject
  • Check trainee’s paperwork and follow up action points
  • Write an ungraded report on the observation on the form provided by the university/college and decide if it is Pass or Refer (see mentor handbook)
  • Meet the trainee for a feedback discussion and set new action points