Can the development of the skills of a mentor impact on the progress of an ITT student?
Lesley Elder (Deputy Headteacher at Fairfields) has been involved in a large research project with the National College of Teaching and Learning focusing on effective pedagogy and the leading of a teaching school alliance, specifically the successful running of an Initial Teacher Training programme and the role of the in-school mentor. An overview of the project and Lesley’s findings can be accessed here.
One of the main recommendations of the project was the importance of thoughtfully identifying an appropriate professional to become the in-school mentor and ensuring they have the appropriate skills to support and develop their trainee. We have produced a toolkit to support schools in selecting and assessing the skills required for effective mentoring.
If you are interested in the completed project, a summative poster is attached here. For the full research paper, please email
We are also very pleased to attach here the composite national research publication to which Lesley’s work contributed.
An Evaluation of a Teacher Inquiry approach to support school improvement – final report Dr Val Poultney 20 April 2016
Our teaching and learning seminars approach to school improvement at classroom level, in which 21 of our Alliance schools participated in 2015-2016, has been independently evaluated by the University of Derby.
The full report is here.