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  • Mentor training

    Please note that all mentor training sessions planned for Summer 2020 will no longer be taking place.

    We see mentoring as a vital aspect to trainee development (and under the common inspection framework Ofsted inspectors meet with students, making Mentoring one of the top issues for schools).

    To that end we are developing a range of mentor training opportunities. This year we will be offering three levels of mentor training:

    • Stage One: Starting out with OBU mentoring
      This training is suitable for anyone new to OBU mentoring or a teacher tutor/mentor responsible for students for the first time.
    • Stage Two: Moving forward with OBU mentoring
      This training is suitable for experienced mentors and teacher tutors and will look at how to support students as they develop ‘behaviour for learning’.
    • Stage Three: Extending your mentoring skills 
      This training is suitable for experienced mentors and teacher tutors who have completed stage 1 and 2. It provides the perfect stepping stone to further advance in your professional development and study in this area and will focus on understanding the roles within mentoring, dealing with difficult scenarios, and undertaking productive conversations in more detail and depth.
    • Moderation

      The purpose of moderation training is to reflect, with colleagues, on trainee progress to date whilst on a final placement: School Based Training 3.
      To moderate trainee progress against the new Teachers’ Standards for QTS, using a firm evidence base and to understand how to challenge and support trainees, in order to raise their level of achievement.

  • Attendance to training will result in certification at each stage and cumulatively to recognition as an OBU mentor.
    Attending each stage of training will gain you an Oxford Brookes Certificate. Attending stages two and three will also give you the opportunity to apply as an Oxford Brookes University mentor. Mentors are involved in the development of partnership documentation and also support the development of other mentors in their locality.

    Should you wish to extend your mentoring role, the university is able to offer study opportunities at Master’s level in mentoring and other mentoring and leadership training.

    Read the  National Standards for School-Based ITT Mentors guidance.

    Getting The Simple Things Right – Charlie Taylor’s behaviour checklists

    Testimonials from 2019/20 attendees:

    Useful course highlighting key information such as the new changes. Clear expectations in a concise manner.

    As a first time mentor, I was extremely happy and fortunate to have been here.

    Good strategies offered - definitely helped me to reflect on how I currently give feedback.

    Excellent practical tips. Brilliant training!

    Helpful for understanding how to manage/mentor a student. It has given me some confidence in how to be an effective mentor.