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MMU Faculty of Education Subject Mentor Training. 2012 - 2013. SM Support. As the SM you will support: The trainee with their progression towards being a qualified teacher in your subject area. The PM in gauging accurately the progress made by the trainee during the phase.

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MMU Facultyof Education Subject Mentor Training

2012 - 2013

SM Support

As the SM you will support:

  • The trainee with their progression towards being a qualified teacher in your subject area.

  • The PM in gauging accurately the progress made by the trainee during the phase.

  • The University Tutor in developing the trainee based on the prior university sessions.

    As the SM you will get support from:

  • The PM will support your training and development in the role and they will advise you with any difficulties that occur during the training period.

  • The University Tutor will visit and carry out joint observations.

  • Partnership staff will help with organisational issues.

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 2 (during Block A), 3b, 4 and 5 (during Block B).

  • To contribute to the Ofsted grading of your trainee.

  • 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

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 2

SM in Block B / Enrichment

  • Up-dated Subject Knowledge Audit, plus Review 2 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.

  • Introduce Ofsted grading and 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 5 and organisation of Enrichment.

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

How Can I Develop Myself ?

  • As an SM in a Partnership School you can access, through MMU Facultyof Education, a PG Cert in Mentoring.

  • You can study whilst you work because in developing your skills in the SM role you will be achieving the learning outcomes of the qualification.

  • If you enjoy the process and want to study further there is the opportunity for you to go on to study a PG Dip and then possibly a Masters.

  • In completing the qualification you will be developing the skills you use every day as an effective mentor.

  • Aim to have the SM role highlighted within your Performance Management.

Key Contacts

  • Partnership Office at Didsbury – Bev Ingham

  • Partnership Office at Crewe – Judith Broughton

  • Partnership Co-ordinator – Jane Petrie

  • Secondary and PCET ITT Partnership Leader – Karen Meanwell

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