Author Archives: Richard Pountney

Exploring the benefits of mentoring

Helen Harrison is the Primary strategic lead for Doncaster ITT Partnership, part of Partners in Learning Teaching School Alliance. She is currently a practising head teacher in a Doncaster school. Although I have extensive experience of mentoring others, I have never been a … Continue reading

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How can we help school-based mentors to engage with the National Mentor Standards?

Alison Grasmeder discusses the SHOOC and how it can be developed to further meet the needs of mentors. The National Standards for school-based initial teacher training were developed in response to the Carter Review of Initial Teacher Training (January 2015) … Continue reading

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Virtual CPD: enhancing mentoring skills online

Can you learn how to mentor online? The suggestion that people can learn important interpersonal skills, such as those involved in the mentor/mentee relationship, through an online course appears, on the surface at least, to be doubtful. We asked participants on … Continue reading

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Back by demand

Setting out in December 2016 to provide the first free open online course on mentoring in SIOE our main worry was that if we built it would anyone come. By the start of the SHOOC in January over 400 people … Continue reading

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What is the best form and focus for professional learning of mentees and mentors?

David Darwent leads Post 16 Professional Practice modules and Mentor Training, and is a tutor to PGCE and Certificate of Education trainees in the Teacher Education Department in the Sheffield Institute of Education. In March 2017 he took up the post … Continue reading

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What part can mentors play in developing teaching quality and effectiveness?

Jenny Dein is Senior Lecturer in Secondary Education in the Sheffield Institute of Education. Jenny works closely with mentors in schools. This blogpost aims to develop a conversation around the the key ideas of effective teaching and developing quality of … Continue reading

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How do we help mentees (and mentors) to manage the workload?

Adrian Fearn is the University link tutor in the Sheffield Institute of Education. He works in partnership with schools in the region to support trainees professional development whilst on school placements. This blogpost aims to develop a conversation around the … Continue reading

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How do we develop trust and confidence in mentoring relationships?

Helen Wriglesworth is course tutor on the SHOOC and a Specialist Leader of Education and School Direct Primary Lead with Delta Teaching School Alliance, part of Delta Academies Trust. The post aims to develop a conversation around the key ideas of … Continue reading

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Is there a difference between mentoring and coaching?

This discussion aims to develop a conversation around the differences and similarities of the mentoring and coaching roles. In the case study for Workbook 1 of the SHOOC we explore the distinction between mentoring as a structured sustained process for … Continue reading

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What do mentors need need to know and be able to do?

‘… good listening skills … be approachable … patience … empathy …’ On Thursday 24th November 50 or so senior mentor coordinators (SMCs) attended the regular SMC Community meeting at the Sheffield Institute of Education. Led by SHOOC tutor team … Continue reading

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