Mentors

It is common to refer to a mentor as someone who guides trainees in their learning. In our ITE programmes mentoring resides in the complementary roles of several tutors within the clearly defined model of trainee learning. Each of these, the ITE Coordinator, the Mentor, the Principal Subject Tutor (secondary) or Principal School-Based Tutor (primary) and the University Visiting Tutor, is a specialist in specific aspects of the work.

School Based ITE Coordinator

Each partner school designates an ITE Coordinator who manages the school's involvement with ITE, oversees communication with the University and monitors the quality of school provision. The ITE Coordinator is responsible for identifying, managing and advising all other school-based personnel nominated to work with trainees. In some cases, the ITE Coordinator also has the role of Mentor.

Mentor

Mentors are more experienced teachers with a good understanding of curricular issues. They conduct a number of supervisory conferences each term of at least an hour's duration, with each trainee individually. These develop the trainee's thinking about teaching in ways that can be incorporated into subsequent performance and assist them in detailed challenges to their thinking. The Exeter scheme recognises the need for trainees to reflect critically on their performance and has created appropriate conditions within the model of trainee learning.

Principal Subject Tutor (Secondary)

Principal Subject Tutors are specialists in the craft of the classroom and experts in their main teaching subject. They assist trainees by working as partners in the classroom, demonstrating teaching, jointly planning and carrying out focused observation of their teaching and providing feedback and advice. Each trainee is allocated a Principal Subject Tutor who is responsible for coordinating the trainee's learning within the subject department.

Principal School Tutor (Primary)

Principal School Tutors are specialists in the craft of the classroom. They assist trainees by working as partners in the classroom, demonstrating teaching, jointly planning, carrying out focused observation of their teaching and providing feedback and advice.

University Based

Graduate School of Education University Visiting Tutors are specialists in the wider context of education and as teachers and researchers can provide insights in their special fields. During school-based work each training placement is allocated a designated University Visiting Tutor who supports and advises both trainee and school personnel. The UVT is also responsible for monitoring trainee progress and school provision through the partnership.

Induction and Support

New ITE Coordinators, Mentors and Principal Subject/School Tutors are required to attend a day's induction training in September or October, which focuses on ITEC, Mentor and Tutor Roles. All ITE Coordinators, Mentors, and Principal Subject/School Tutors are invited to support meetings during the year for school-based and University-based tutors to share, develop and promote good practice.