to Edge Hill
Mentor Training
Development Area)
Session Objectives:
For Mentors to know:
 The nature and demands of
the UGPD Programmes;
 The role of the Mentor;
 The requirements of the
setting-based modules;
 The partnership relationship.
Our UGPD Programmes
BA (Hons) Children and Young People’s Learning and
Development (CYPLD) for those who are considering working
with children and young people in education, but not necessarily in
school-based settings
BA (Hons) Teaching, Learning and Mentoring (TLMP) for
those who want to work in schools in support roles
BA (Hons) Teaching, Learning and Child Development
(TLCD) for those who definitely want to become Primary School
teachers via PGCE route
BA (Hons) Early Years Leadership, Management and
Enterprise (EYLME) for those who want to work in private
sector and possibly run their own nursery working with children 05
Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice for those who
want to study towards BA Hons degree and work as advanced
practitioners in Early Years settings working with children 0-5.
Undergraduate Professional
Development (UGPD) Programmes
Early Years Mentors
 Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice
and Leadership
 BA (Hons) Early Years Leadership,
Management and Enterprise (previously
known as Professional Practice and
UGPD Programmes
Primary Education Phase Mentors
 BA (Hons) Children and Young People’s
Learning and Development
 BA (Hons) Teaching, Learning and
Mentoring Practice
 BA (Hons) Teaching, Learning and Child
Distinctive features of the Undergraduate
Professional Development (UGPD)
◦ Face-to-face sessions alongside
setting-based experience
Setting-based tasks, which show
how theoretical knowledge is
implemented in practice
Support from Edge Hill Visiting
Tutors and setting-based
What are UGPD students expected
to do when on placement?
Appropriate activities that would allow a student to develop their
practical knowledge and understanding include:
 Observing lessons
 Working with a whole class and a small group of children
 Tracking colleagues and children for a day
 Examining educational setting documentation
 Assisting individuals or small groups with specific tasks
 Planning, delivering and evaluating activities for groups of children
 Evaluating these activities, including themselves and the children’s
 Completion of various reflections and critical incidents whilst on
 Attending setting meetings, open evenings or other whole-setting
activities, including liaising with parents
 Interviewing key members of staff about their role
The Mentor
It is the responsibility of the educational setting
to provide a Mentor. The role of the Mentor is to
provide access to learning activities and
opportunities to enable students to gain the
necessary practice knowledge in the placement
and facilitate opportunities for students to
undertake set tasks.
 The Mentor has a personal responsibility for
each student during their placement.
 The Mentor plays a key role in supporting
students on UGPD programmes and ensuring the
delivery of an outstanding placement experience.
The Mentor
The role and the responsibilities of a Mentor vary
to the role of a due to the requirement of the
individual programmes, however, essentially:
 the role of the Mentor is to discuss with students
and provide appropriate support and advice in
agreeing realisable and appropriate targets and
action plans.
 It is the responsibility of the Mentor to review
student progress at the mid-point of the
placement and at the end of each placement year.
 In addition, the Mentor will facilitate
opportunities for students to undertake set tasks,
support student development and, if necessary,
re-negotiate agreed targets.
Supporting Target Setting
Check accuracy of student’s judgement about their skills
Help to transfer development needs into targets in the Action Plan
Ensure not too many targets are chosen (3-6 targets are recommended)
Make sure targets are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable,
Relevant, Time-related)
Consider targets determined by the setting
Placement Evaluations
To ensure that we maintain and continually enhance the
quality of our provision, Placement Review and
Improvement Meetings (PRIMs) are scheduled to
take place twice a year with the aim to review every
placement in order to evaluate the quality of the
student and mentor experiences and to improve future
placement provision.
Your voice is important to us! We request that Mentors
complete mid-year and end-of-year placement
evaluations to enable us to enhance your future
mentoring experience
Key Skills for Mentors
To be clear of the role and purpose of a Mentor
 To be able to support students on the UGPD Programme
 To be able to work effectively with the student and Edge Hill
Visiting Tutor
 To be able to offer advice and feedback to students on target
setting and in professional practice.
What makes a good Mentor?
Research findings:
Views of
 Good listener
 Supportive
 Able to offer
 Good knowledge
across age ranges
 Good role model
 Approachable
 Caring
Views of students:
 Approachable
 Understanding
 Knowledgeable
 Good listener
 Supportive
 Friendly and
What makes a good student?
Research findings:
Views of
 Willing to take
 A willing listener
 Professional
 Well organised
Views of students:
 Ability to listen
and learn
 Acts on advice
 Flexible
 Hardworking
 Enthusiastic
What not to do when Mentoring…
Giving and Accepting Constructive Feedback:
Mentor’s Perspective
Own the feedback
Start with the positive
Only refer to behaviour that can be changed
Be specific and descriptive
Offer alternatives
Leave the recipient with the choice of change
Think about what your feedback says about
Ways of Overcoming Problems:
 Rational analysis of problem – is it innate to the
mentee, is it to do with the relationship between
you, is it to do with lack of shared understanding
of role, is it about time? What will help?
 Keep this professional - not personal
 Bring in additional support – university or setting
(an independent view)
 Negotiate more time or as a last resort, a change
of Mentor
The Partnership
Reflection on tasks, achieve targets,
Work based
Open communication
Respond positively
Edge Hill
Visiting Tutor
Monitor agreed targets
Support and advise
Mark assignments
Analysis and reflection
Monitor Progress
Resolve Difficulties
Agree targets, evaluate
progress, facilitate tasks,
Support and advise,
challenge thinking, model
good practice
Thank you for engaging with
our online Mentor Training

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