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Mentoring Teachers in the Primary School
A Practical Guide

ISBN 9781138389076
Published December 29, 2020 by Routledge
296 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Mentoring Teachers in the Primary School helps mentors of trainee and newly qualified primary school teachers to both develop their own mentoring skills and provide the essential guidance their beginning teachers need as they navigate the roller-coaster of the first years in the classroom. Offering tried and tested strategies based on the best research, it covers the knowledge, skills and understanding every mentor needs.

Together with tools for self-evaluation, this book is a vital source of support and inspiration for all those involved in developing the next generation of outstanding teachers. Key topics for primary mentors include:

  • the role of the mentor,

  • mentoring relationships,

  • mentoring in specialist areas,

  • mentoring development.

Filled with guidance to support mentors’ own development, as well as the development of beginning primary teachers, Mentoring Teachers in the Primary School is a vital guide for mentors of primary school teachers, both trainee and newly qualified, with ready-to-use strategies that support and inspire mentors.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Mentoring Trainee and Newly Qualified Primary School Teachers


1 Models of mentoring

Gill Golder, Alison Keyworth and Clare Shaw

Definitions of mentoring; The context in which you are working, which underpins your mentoring practice; Effective mentoring models

2 Becoming a mentor

Karen Vincent

Why mentor; Qualities of a good mentor; Beginning teachers’ experiences; The multi-dimensional mentoring role; Benefits of mentoring others; Tensions in mentoring; Developing your mentoring skills

3 Successful mentoring in action

Victoria Blake

The mentor; Trust; Establishing shared values; Expectations; Challenging relationships

4 Managing your role as a mentor

Julia Lawrence

Your role as a mentor; Mentoring as relationship; Questioning current approaches to mentor


5 The importance of working with beginning teachers

Sandra Eady

Why mentor beginning teachers?; Beginning teachers’ perspectives; Ethics; Mentor obligations; Roles and responsibilities; Models of mentoring; Mentoring conversations

6 Working with a beginning teacher to negotiate the setting

Victoria Blake

School culture; Additional roles of the mentor; Negotiating workload and prioritising; Building your reputation

7 Developing a relationship with mentees

Gill Rowland and Penny Webb

Effective mentoring; Times of transition; Collaboration; Deconstructing practice; Being reflective; Belonging

8 Learning conversations

Sarah St. John

Mentoring and coaching; Being reflective; Beginning teachers’ experiences; Learning conversations

9 Making accurate assessments

Lorele Mackie

Summative assessment; Formative assessment; Constructive dialogue; Self-evaluation; Quality questioning

10 Supporting the wellbeing and additional needs of your mentees

Wendy E. Cobb, Bea Stevenson, Lindsay Joyce and Cornelia Lucey

Defining wellbeing; Individual and organisational wellbeing; Your own wellbeing; Socratic questioning;

11 Supporting Resilience in Practice: Mentoring to enable others to ‘thrive’ in teaching.

d’Reen Struthers

What is resilience; Why do we need resilience; Process of being resilient; Reflective practice for strengthening personal control; Engaging with reflective writing; The language of critical reflection; Bridging reflection and resilience


12 Mentoring for art and design

Claire March

Essential elements of good practice; What do beginning teachers need? Assessment; Safe and engaging learning environment

13 Mentoring for mathematics

Hazel King, Gina Donaldson and Sonia Tomlinson

Good teaching and learning; Issues with mentoring and mathematics; Supporting development; Mathematics specific feedback

14 Mentoring for physical education

Kristy Howells

Essential elements of good practice; What do beginning teachers need? Effective teaching; Mentoring support.

15 Mentoring for reading

Rachael Stone

Defining reading; Good teaching and learning; Supporting a beginning teacher; Developing your mentee’s understanding

16 Mentoring for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)

Hellen Ward

What is STEM? Why STEM? The leaking pipeline; Curriculum emphasis; The where of STEM; Professional institutions


17 The role of research in mentoring

Sandra Eady

Why mentors should engage with research; Using research to inform the mentor and mentee relationship; Frameworks for mentoring; Promoting learning conversations; Engaging with research

18 Developing a community of mentoring and coaching in a school

Rebecca Heaton

The role of the lead mentor; The importance of the lead mentor; Monitoring the quality of mentoring; Creating a successful community of mentoring and coaching; Coaching and mentoring

19 The secrets of partnership working for mentors

Penny Webb, Hazel King and Sarah Goodwin

What is partnership? Philosophical approaches to successful partnership; The secrets of successful partnership

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Kristy Howells is a Reader in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Julia Lawrence was until recently a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Hull.

Judith Roden recently retired from her role as Principal Lecturer in Primary Education at Canterbury Christ Church University.