1st Edition

Mentoring Teachers in the Primary School A Practical Guide

Edited By Kristy Howells, Julia Lawrence, Judith Roden Copyright 2021
    296 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    296 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    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.

    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


    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.