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ITT mentoring

Mentor requirements

mentor requirements

Benefits of mentoring




Enhanced professional learning and opportunity to develop their professional skills

Enhanced knowledge and understanding​ of the latest evidence on what makes good teaching

Opportunities for CPD available from providers and within the school/MAT network as a result of being a mentor to trainees
Improved teaching practices and enhanced professional learning and development

Supports trainees in developing professional skills supporting teacher development, also linked to career development opportunities.

The role of the school-based mentor is pivotal to the success of ITT placements
Mentors have access to the latest evidence base of what works in teaching, that can be embedded into wider school teaching practice and continuous school improvement ​

Schools supported to build mentor pathways into their career mapping.

Research taken from: National Institute of Teaching - Mentoring and coaching trainee and early career teachers: Conceptual review, published Nov 2022

Schools’ Experiences of Hosting Trainees and Employing Newly Qualified Teachers; CooperGibson research, published 2019

Lead Mentor(s)

Part of the new quality requirements is the introduction of a new role known as lead mentor(s). It is the responsibility of the accredited ITT provider to identify and train lead mentors to provide support across placement schools. 

As well as supporting the design and delivery of curriculum elements such as Intensive Training and Practice, the core role of lead mentor(s) is to support school-based mentors and play a key role in their training and supervision. 

Lead mentors will support the training and development of school-based mentors and ensure that all trainees are receiving sufficient mentoring, and both the mentor and trainee are supported during placements. This improved support for mentors will lead to stronger alignment between what the trainee is learning, observing and practising with their ITT provider and in their placement school. 

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