Mentoring

Mentoring

Mentoring – Changes for September 2024 and what can I expect as a Mentor?

  • Both PGCE students and apprentices are entitled to 1.5 hours of mentor support per week from September 2024
  • This can include: the weekly meeting, a lesson observation and feedback, PPA, formal and informal feedback on planning and pupil progress discussions. We are aware that mentors are already providing more than 1.5 hours per week of support unofficially!
  • Mentors are required to complete up to 20 hours training with the local ITT Provider (in our case, Staffordshire University and KNSTE) so that they understand the ITT curriculum and their role in implementing it – some of this training will already be very familiar to you as mentors and many routines will be similar to what you’re used to
  • Relevant prior learning can count towards the hours of training you might need to undertake. Check with your local ITT provider for more information (Staffordshire University for us)
  • Some of the training will be new. For example, the learning modules you will need to access will be available both synchronously and asynchronously. For synchronous training, a day is being planned at Staffordshire University for all mentors to attend on 4th November 2024 – if you know you will be a mentor and you haven’t yet spoken to your Line Manager or Head Teacher then you will need to do this as there will be both timetable and potentially cover implications as the synchronous aspect of the training is compulsory – asynchronous training is online and can be completed in your own time but it will be monitored and checked upon completion)
  • You will be provided with a log-in and access to the relevant learning platform for all mentors. The platform is where you will log the asynchronous training you have completed and also the administration associated with your PGCE student/apprentice
  • The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub, KNSTE and Staffordshire University, along with the West Midlands ITT Partnership and other HEIs in the region have worked together to ensure that the mentor training offered across the region will be accepted by all ITT providers
  • DfE funding is available towards the mentor training, and schools can claim £876 backfill funding at the end of the academic year 2024-2025, for each mentor that completes 20 hours (and who takes a PGCE student). This will be paid in arrears between September 2025 and January 2026
  • Fewer hours are calculated at £43.80 per hour
  • Lead Mentors will also be supporting you throughout the training year – these will be:
    • University Tutors
    • Experienced and effective teachers
    • Subject specialists
    • Mentors/Lead Mentors
    • University Lecturers

For further information on mentoring, please watch the two videos below from the West Midlands ITE Partnership – all local providers are using these as the basis for their mentoring programme.

Changes to ITT from September 2024
Changes specifically to ITT mentoring