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MMU Faculty of Education Subject Mentor Training. 2014-2015. The Responsibilities of the SM. To carry out a weekly formal observation on your trainee. To carry out a weekly mentor meeting with your trainee. and

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The responsibilities of the sm
The Responsibilities of the SM

  • To carry out a weekly formal observation on your trainee.

  • To carry out a weekly mentor meeting with your trainee.


  • To induct the trainee into the department and clarify departmental expectations.

  • To help create a suitable timetable which supports the development of subject knowledge and allows the principle of gradualism to be applied.

  • To engage in joint / supported planning with the trainee.

  • To monitor progress towards meeting the standards, setting targets and reviewing trainee progress, ensuring that trainees work towards Good or Outstanding outcomes.

  • To contribute to Review 2a/b (during Block A), 3b, 4 and 5a/b (during Block B).

  • To contribute to the Ofsted grading of your trainee (on reviews)

  • To support the trainee with their ETL, ILA and CDA assignments.

  • To support the trainee with their assignment activities.

  • To monitor the trainees collection of evidence for their SEF / RPD.

Sm in induction block a
SM in Induction / Block A

Key aspects of this phase:

  • Induction is key as this starts to show trainees what teaching is all about – whole school and departmental

  • Engagement with Progress Indicators – Enables trainees to show, and you to monitor, progress against the standards.

  • Subject Audits – leading to a progressive timetable to address subject knowledge gaps.

  • Addressing weaknesses through clear target setting – keeping the University Tutor informed of issues/lack of progress.

  • Joint observation with University Tutor.

  • Remediation procedures– to support trainees at risk of failing.

  • Support and advice for trainees in their assignment writing.

  • Contribution to Review 2a/b

Sm in block b enrichment
SM in Block B / Enrichment

  • Up-dated Subject Knowledge Audit, plus Review 2a/b and 3a to be used to identify trainee starting point.

  • Progressive timetable addressing subject knowledge gaps and aiding further development of existing knowledge and skills.

  • Continued use of Progress Indicators to monitor progress – aiming to have all trainees Good or Outstanding by the end of the Block B placement.(use ‘working towards good’ documentation if not)

  • Carry out joint observation against the progress indicators with University Tutor

  • Develop increasing independence in your trainee

  • Support for trainees with their assignment writing

  • Addressing remaining Standards through clear target setting.

  • Remediation procedures to support trainees at risk of failure.

  • Contribute to Review 5a/b and organisation of Enrichment.

The role qualities skills
The Role – Qualities + Skills

  • Demonstrate good practice

  • Be an effective communicator

  • Demonstrate efficient working practices

  • Act in a professional manner

  • Maintain empathy

  • Facilitate trainee progression

  • Adopt a coaching role when required

  • Demonstrate commitment to the role

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the appropriate programme phase

Key contacts
Key Contacts

  • Partnership Office at Birley– Bev Ingham

  • [email protected]

  • Secondary ITT Partnership Leader – Karen Duffy [email protected]