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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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sm support
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
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
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
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
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
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
Key Contacts

[email protected]