Information for ITT mentors
Good quality mentoring is critical to the ITT process. Anecdotal evidence tells us that mentoring a trainee in school gives experienced teachers a fresh look at their own practice, which leads to an 'upping of their game' in the classroom. Evaluating one's own practice in order to explain it to a novice can be transformative - and the opportunity to share knowledge and expertise with the next generation of teachers can improve morale and self-worth.
What training will I get?
From September 2024, ITT mentors will have to complete 20 hours of training with an accredited training provider (i.e., the ITT provider). This training will include content on the mentor role and skills, the ITT core content framework and its underpinning evidence, and the ITT curriculum. It may be synchronous or asynchronous.
Your school can claim for the actual hours of training undertaken by the mentor up to 20 hours, to help with the cost of the teacher being away from the classroom.
Your ITT provider will take into consideration any prior learning that you may have completed, including as an ECT mentor, to avoid unnecessary repetition - this may reduce the total hours of training you need to complete.
What about ongoing support?
Your ITT provider will allocate a lead mentor to support the delivery of their ITT course. The role of a lead mentor is to:
- Support and train school-based mentors
- Supervise school-based mentors
- Make sure all trainees are receiving sufficient mentoring and support during their placements
- Check placements align with their trainee curriculum and the ITT core content framework.
What's in it for me?
- Enhanced professional learning and the opportunity to develop your professional skills.
- Enhanced knowledge and understanding of the latest evidence on what makes good teaching.
- Opportunities for CPD from providers and within the school/Trust network, leading to enhanced career development opportunities.