Role of the Mentor

The role of Mentor is pivotal to the success of ECF training in schools. We provide training and support for ECF Mentors including the face-to-face and online training provided by EDT, our regular drop-in sessions and ongoing informal support with coaching and mentoring.

The Mentor’s role is firmly rooted in supporting their ECT to make progress in their training and to ensure the training continues to have impact in the classroom and on the wider role of the ECT in their school. The Mentor’s role is not to assess the trainee (the induction tutor does this), allowing the Mentor/ECT relationship to develop around support, challenge and growth.

Schools following the Full Induction Programme through EDT receive DfE funding to support release of the Mentors, so they can attend training meetings.

Mentors should:

  • Provide day to day guidance and effective support including mentoring and coaching.
  • Provide the induction tutor with updates and information to support the termly progress reviews
  • Provide the induction tutor with updates and information to support the annual assessment meeting
  • Engage with the ECF training (either: full, core or school-based).
  • Alert the induction tutor when early action may be needed in the case of an ECT experiencing difficulties.

Below you will find a webinar explaining the role of the mentor along with our ‘Mentor Essentials’ guide. Our ECF lead, Marie Imrie will be happy to support schools with any further queries about the role of the mentor.

WEBINAR: Early Career Framework - Mentor Induction

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