WELCOME to Edge Hill University Mentor Training (Professional Development Area) Session Objectives: For Mentors to know: Undergraduate Professional Development (UGPD) Area Priorities; The nature and demands of the UGPD Programmes; The role of the Mentor; The requirements of the setting-based modules; The partnership relationship. UGPD Area Priorities NSS scores – Organisation and Management Mentor training Placement Review and Improvement Meetings - PRIMs Student tracking system - PDST Employability 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 Leadership) 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 Development Do you know who your students are? Please contact [email protected] if you are not sure Distinctive features of the Undergraduate Professional Development (UGPD) Programmes ◦ 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 Mentors 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 1. Check accuracy of student’s judgement about their skills 2. Help to transfer development needs into targets in the Action Plan 3. Ensure not too many targets are chosen (3-6 targets are recommended) 4. Make sure targets are SMART 5. 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 Mentors/s: Good listener Supportive Able to offer guidance Good knowledge across age ranges Good role model Approachable Caring Views of students: Approachable Understanding Knowledgeable Good listener Supportive Friendly and caring What makes a good student? Research findings: Views of Mentors/s: Willing to take advice 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… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1j0be Tn8_U&feature=related 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 you. Troubleshooting 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, self-review Student Respect Open Communication Work based tasks Trust Respect Trust Approachability Open communication Respond positively Self-directed study Mentor Edge Hill Visiting Tutor Monitor agreed targets Support and advise Mark assignments Analysis and reflection Monitor Progress Resolve Difficulties Professional Dialogue Agree targets, evaluate progress, facilitate tasks, Support and advise, challenge thinking, model good practice Our online Mentor Training support: http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/educationpartnership/professi onal-development/placement-information/mentortraining-information/ For programme-specific information please refer to the Placement Handbooks in the Placement Information section of our Partnership page http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/educationpartnership/professi onal-development/placement-information/ Mentor Training Evaluation If you are completing this Mentor Training online, please do not forget to complete the Evaluation Form from our Partnership page and e-mail it to [email protected] Thank you for your attention!