Support for Mentors

Chafford Hundred Teaching School Hub, in collaboration with other Teaching School Hubs in the Eastern Region, has hosted a number of events to support mentors. 

Our regional collaboration is also in evidence through the East of England Subject Forums. Designed for teachers at all stages of their careers, these sessions offer a focus on the evidence base for each subject at both primary and secondary phases and are facilitated by subject experts from our region. 

Mentor Conference 6th February 2024

On 6 February 2024, Teaching School Hubs in the Eastern Region hosted a free online conference for aspiring, new and existing ITT mentors, on 'The Science of Learning'.

Mentor Conf. Feb 24

Mentoring is an extremely rewarding opportunity for teachers, enhancing their own professional development whilst sharing their expertise with someone at the start of their teaching career. Our conference featured two evidence-based sessions to help support mentors' understanding of the role and engage in some of the latest research about mentoring:

  • Session 1: The Model of the Mind
  • Session 2: Modelling

Both sessions featured materials from Deans for Impact

Conference Resources

Session 1: The Model of the Mind

This session was aimed at those who are new to mentoring and explored:

  • How teachers use cognitive science to design instruction
  • Myths about learning 
  • A model of the mind 

Watch the Session 1 video:

Session 2: Modelling

This session was for those who are experienced mentors or attended our previous mentor conference in March 2023 (information can be found by scrolling down further). This session explored:

  • The what and why of modelling 
  • Think aloud and dual coding 
  • The impact of modelling 

Watch the Session 2 video:

Mentor Conference - 9 March 2023

The Teaching School Hubs in the East of England were delighted to be working with Deans for Impact to deliver an online regional Mentor Conference held on the 9th March for primary and secondary ITT and ECT mentors.

To view the slides please click below.  

Mentor Conference – 9th March 2023 - Slides

Please click below to view the recording:

Annual Regional Mentor Conference - 2nd March 2022

Keynote speakers: 

  • Charlotte Raby is an Early Reading Expert and English Consultant and was a member of the DfE Expert Advisory Group on the new Leading Literacy NPQ.
  • In her talk Charlotte will look at the Reading Framework - Teaching the Foundations of Literacy (DfE 2021) and how this guidance impacts primary and secondary teaching.
  • Dr Richard Kueh HMI is the Ofsted Subject Lead for RE.
  • In his talk Richard will give background to the Ofsted Research Review series and will look at the big picture of subject-based curricula, what we can learn from the Research Review, and the role of mentors in developing subject knowledge for their trainees and ECTs.
  • Subject Forums: subject specific support for mentors and all teaching staff can be found here.  

See 'Download' section below for the Conference slides.

Mentor conference 2.3.22

On 2 March 2022, Teaching School Hubs in the Eastern Region are hosting an online conference for mentors. This event will be hosted by the Chafford Hundred, Saffron, Alpha, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Julian and Unity Teaching School Hubs.

Mentor Conference - February 2021

We are delighted to have two keynote speakers;

Sam Twiselton - OBE, will speak about ensuring progression across the frameworks (ITT, ECT, ECF and beyond). Our second Keynote Speaker; Professor Caroline Daly from UCL, Institute of Education, will speak about effective mentoring approaches to ensure deep learning for both mentor & mentee. She will also look at challenging expert and novice assumptions about mentoring. You can see some of Caroline’s research on mentoring here:

There will also be a range of other topics such as:

  • Trauma Practice in Covid Times
  • Best Practice on How to Get the Most Out of the Mentor Meeting
  • The Big Picture: Mentoring from ITT to ECF

Mentor Conf. Feb. 21

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