Exploring Strategies for Mentor Development

Jones, Megan and Worrall, Leigh (2022). Exploring Strategies for Mentor Development. In: Education Workforce Council - Moving Forward: Questions, Success and Challenges in the delivery of ITE Reform, 28 Mar 2022, Online.


Mentoring has always been crucial in the development of new teachers and this has been emphasised in reviews of Initial Teacher Education in Wales. This presentation outlines current scholarship research being undertaken within the Open University Partnership to explore effective mentoring. There are distinct differences between the Open University Partnership PGCE and other ITE providers due to the online nature and blended learning of the Partnership, and the fact that the PGCE programme was launched during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This presentation will outline the ongoing research which involves some student teachers, mentors, practice tutors, school co-ordinators and curriculum tutors sharing their perspectives and examples from practice of mentoring in ITE. The research is acknowledging the challenges inherent in mentoring ITE student teachers and aims to work in partnership to create case studies which highlight effective approaches in a range of contexts and settings. Through comparing different mentoring approaches across the Open University partnership stronger relationships will be fostered. This will offer valuable insight, which could lead to an improved understanding for all those involved and pave the way for greater collaboration and effective consistent mentoring.

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