Mentor And Assessor Training

Preparation

Trainees are required to have an identified mentor on their teaching placement and named assessors who will be responsible for summatively assessing their professional teaching practice. Assessors may be University of Bolton staff or university trained assessors (with a UoB Assessor ID) within their organisation. A fee is paid for mentoring and assessing to the organisation (not to the individual) therefore a formal agreement is in place. Those wishing to mentor and/or assess our trainees should discuss this with their appropriate line manager in the first instance.

Mentors 

Are normally experienced teachers in the same subject/field of practice as the trainee. As a mentor you will be required to assist the trainee integrate into the new setting. You will be expected to act as a role model by allowing observation of teaching and related skills, supporting the trainee teacher in identifying learning needs, setting appropriate goals and monitoring their progress in relation to these goals.

We have adapted the definition from the National Standards for school-based Initial Teacher Education Mentors (2016)  for our programme as follows:

“A mentor is a suitably-experienced teacher who has formal responsibility to work collaboratively within the Initial Teacher Education partnership to help ensure the trainee receives the highest-quality training.” (Teaching Schools Council, 2016)

Our mentors play a key role in supporting the development of our trainees whilst on teaching practice by helping them to develop their repertoire of skills, techniques and strategies, and in exposing them to a range of experiences that will help them to successfully meet the programme outcomes and the professional standards.

We offer mentor and assessor training via the following routes:

  • Face-to-face via your trainee’s curriculum tutor
  • Online mentor resources, available on this website (see quiz at bottom of page) and a Mentor Guide emailed to all mentors and assessors
  • Workshops (on request)
  • Formal preparation via our ‘Mentoring & Coaching’ module (Level HE7)

Remember in order to complete the training you are normally expected to have:

  • A recognised teaching qualification
  • Permission (from your line manager) to support and/or assess one of our trainees

For assessor training you will need:

  • At least 2 years post qualified

Completing the online quiz

Before starting the quiz below it is suggested you review the mentor and assessor guide and keep the current ITE programme handbook open on your desktop.

Complete the either the mentor or the assessor quiz (or both) dependent upon your role, ensuring you read the commentary provided. Once you have completed all the questions the final page will show with your name and date of completion and this will be your certificate of completion.

You must retain a screen copy of this as evidence of completion. You can do this by pressing Ctrl & Print Scrn buttons simultaneously on your keyboard and saving in a document.

This should then be forwarded to the email address ku.ca1542142222.notl1542142222ob@sr1542142222osses1542142222sA&ro1542142222tneM1542142222

Assessor Training

If you are undertaking this quiz as the first part of your Assessor training we will arrange a moderated observation visit with you during which the assessor approval form (see form in the right hand column of this page) will be completed and signed. If you are undertaking this quiz to update your assessor ID then we will use this evidence to update our approved assessor database.

All completed assessor approval forms are forwarded to this email address: ku.ca1542142222.notl1542142222ob@sr1542142222osses1542142222sA&ro1542142222tneM1542142222. The database is managed by our administrator Safiya Matadar who updates the database and issues Assessor ID numbers.

Assessor and Mentor Preparation Quiz

Feedback from mentors

 “I am really enjoying mentoring (the trainee.) I think having recently been in her shoes really helps as I understand what she needs from a mentor. I am also finding it useful to observe another teacher. We never have time for it normally and it does give another opportunity to reflect on own practice too.

“I like the opportunity to pass on my skills and experience to possibly better the career opportunities for the trainee teacher, therefore I find this very rewarding and satisfying and an enjoyable experience.“

“It has been a great pleasure to mentor (the trainee.) He has shown resilience, determination, dedication and tenacity to get through this year. I know how difficult it is to teach a class of 16-18 year olds so I know it hasn’t been easy for him. Towards the start of his teaching journey there was a time when he wanted to change one of the groups that he was teaching but after reassuring him and giving him extra pointers, he stuck it out. He has actually recently expressed to me that he was glad he stayed with that group. Throughout his time with me he has been very professional in his conduct not only in the classrooms but also in the staffroom. It has been great to have played a small part in guiding him throughout his teaching journey so far. He will definitely be missed.”