This course will be taught online through 22 twilight webinars across two terms. You will have direct access to your own personal tutor.
Assessment is carried out through written assignments. Guidance and support are given through the courses regarding the expectations of writing at Master’s level.
The course consists of two modules as follows:
Module 1: Introduction to Mentoring Theory
The first of the two modules in the Postgraduate Certificate 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 experience. This module focuses on developing further the skills required for effective mentoring.
Aims of the Programme
- To provide an in-depth analysis of the Mentor Standards
- 1. Personal qualities
- 2. Teaching
- 3. Professionalism
- 4. 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
- Overseas teachers