PgCert Mentoring

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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements

    You need to have qualified teacher status.
  • Academic title
    PgCert Mentoring
  • Course description
    This course is for teachers with an interest in mentoring Sheffield Hallam University trainee teachers or newly qualified teachers (NQTs) and learning more about the profession.

    Through working with an adult trainee teacher, you learn how to support someone working towards teaching national standards. You develop analytical skills through lesson observation and communication skills through giving feedback.

    You learn how teachers develop from beginners to expert practitioners. You develop mentoring and coaching strategies to help developing teachers meet the challenges of becoming fully qualified.

    You start with a one day initial mentor training session or NQT induction tutor training. You then spend time mentoring initial teacher training students or newly qualified teachers at your school and maintain a portfolio of the mentoring activity.

    We support your training with evening tutorials in regional locations and through visits to your school. You can also have one-to-one sessions with a personal tutor who is there to support your learning.

    The taught aspect of the advanced mentoring module involves attending a two day advanced mentor conference. The conference allows you to
    • meet with other mentors and share ideas
    • consider some of the greater challenges of mentoring
    • develop a theoretical understanding of what mentors do

    You then take a piece of action research on an aspect of mentoring or coaching of interest to you.

    The assessment criteria we use links to the criteria given by the Teaching and Learning Academy for mentor recognition, enabling you to gain national recognition for your skills.

    Associated careers

    The ability to mentor or coach is now a requirement of a teacher’s professional portfolio.

    Many mentors go on to work with other teachers as mentors or coaches. Others support or coordinate a group of mentors.

    It can help to develop a career in managing professionals to improve their effectiveness.

    Course content

    • an introduction to mentoring • advanced mentoring

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