Each week you will participate in an online seminar with the course leader and fellow students, where you will discuss and analyse examples of best practice in mentoring. These sessions, alongside the written assignments, will support your development enabling you to utilise these skills with your mentees. Each online session will last approximately 90 minutes. Your written reflections will also be an important part of the learning process and will form part of your evidence folder.
Your course leader will be available to you throughout the programme for guidance and support, via virtual formats, telephone and email.
Assessment is carried out through written assignments and evidence-based practice in mentoring. Assistance is given throughout the course regarding the expectations of writing at Master’s level. The course consists of four modules as follows:
Module 1: Introduction to Mentoring Theory
The first of the four modules in the Diploma introduces a range of theories relating to mentoring in education. One aim is to respond to the findings of the Carter Review (2015) into mentoring in ITT. This suggests that more attention should be given to the quality of training for mentors working in schools. Ofsted recommends that this training needs to be rigorous, in that it should go beyond the ‘structure and nature of the course’ and should look to develop the skills of mentoring. Another aim is to combine the practical needs of mentoring in education with a wide range of scholarship on this topic.
Module 2: A Research Based Approach to Mentoring
This module builds upon the first module and focuses on an examination of existing research to understand how theory is implemented into practice. Building upon the theory and models explored in the previous module, these topics aim to synthesise theory with their own experience. This module focuses on developing further the skills required for effective mentoring.
Module 3: Critical reflections on Mentoring
This module enables students to critically reflect on their own practice and critically engage with research in light of their own experience and context. This brings together the review of mentoring standards with the intellectual rigour of Master’s level writing. This module focuses on an extended assignment with guidance to develop appropriate evaluative skills.
Module 4: The Wider Context of Mentoring
The final module brings together the preceding modules, develops the implications of topics already raised, for example, dealing with difficult situations by examining complexity. There is also an opportunity to evaluate different research models of effective mentoring and places this in a wider context. The arguments surrounding the relationship between mentoring and coaching are considered. The role of mentoring in an educational context are evaluated and the implications for leadership. Comparisons are also made between mentoring in education with different examples of mentoring. What can education learn from different contexts, e.g. business, psychology?
Aims of the Programme
- To provide an in-depth analysis of the Mentor Standards which goes beyond the needs of the Mentor Standards and ECF.
- Personal Qualities
- Self-development and Working in Partnership
- To combine practice with relevant research and evidence-based practice in academic study at Master’s level
- To enable participants to reflect upon and improve their support of mentees
- Through the development of academic criticality and the synthesis of this with relevant evidence-informed practice, to prepare participants to become well-informed educational leaders of the future
Who should take this course?
- Teachers in the UK and internationally
- Current mentors on ITT programmes
- Mentors in SCITTs
- Anyone mentoring in an education setting