Find out more about what supporting and mentoring teachers involves. You can also try out some reflective tasks to develop your mentoring skills.
1. The purpose of mentoring
Mentoring is a long term relationship that meets a development need, helps develop full potential, and benefits all partners – mentor, mentee and the organisation."
The purpose of mentoring is to provide support, guidance and advice to teachers to enable them to enhance their teaching skills to develop professionally. Mentoring works best when it is carried out as part of a structured developmental programme. It can involve all or any of the following:
- identifying developmental needs and interests
- identifying strengths and weaknesses
- action planning
- observing lessons and arranging peer observations
- reviewing progress
- coaching, for example, on aspects of teaching practice.
2. Advantages of mentoring programmes
Mentoring is relevant to all teachers at any stage of their careers. The mentor will often be a senior member of staff within the organisation, for example a line manager, supervisor or trainer: a teacher educator. All teachers will benefit from the knowledge and experience teacher educators can provide and, for more experienced teachers, mentoring provides opportunities to refresh their skills, deepen their knowledge, or extend their expertise into a new area of work. Mentoring programmes help to develop confidence and enhance the quality of teaching by providing a framework to enable teachers to develop. There are advantages too for the mentor and the institution involved. Mentoring provides professional development for the mentor. For the mentor It enables them to develop skills in coaching, supporting and managing teacher development. For the institution it helps raise standards.
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3. Information and reflection tasks
These self access worksheets provide you with further information and reflection tasks on important aspects of mentoring: