ECF Mentor Briefing November 2023

Nov 22, 2023

ECF Mentor Briefing November 2023

This news page is for all experienced teachers and leaders registered as Early Career Mentors with Generate Teaching Hub.

Mentor Impact

The role of mentor is crucial in the training and development of teachers. Your expertise, mentoring, use of instructional coaching and the emotional support you provide ensure that your ECT gets the very best start to their teaching career and, ultimately, our children and young people get the very best outcomes.

Our ECF Mentors tell us that the training they receive through the ECF has helped them to reflect on and improve their own practice, alongside that of their ECTs. In addition, the skills and knowledge they are developing as a mentor enable them to fulfil other leadership roles within their setting.

NPQ in Leading Teacher Development

To further enhance your knowledge and skills, you may want to consider studying for a National Professional Qualification in Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD)?

The next fully funded course starts n February 2024 and applications are now open. It is targeted at mentors and those professionals who are passionate about teacher development.

Take a look NPQ Leading Teacher Development for more information.

Subject & Leadership Specialist NPQs

For those mentors who are Early Years Leads, Literacy Leads or Primary Maths Leads there are also specific NPQs to support you in your role. Again, these are fully funded and are open to applications starting in February 2024.

Take a look at:

Feel free to share with colleagues who may be interested.

Details of the full suite of NPQs that we offer through Best Practice Network and Teach First are available is here.

Year 1 Mentors – Module 3

Those mentors who are on Year 1 of their training programme will have the opportunity to take a deeper look at deliberate practice and develop greater confidence in leading deliberate practice effectively through Module 3 – Not All Practice is Equal.

In this seminar you will continue to develop your understanding of how you can support the acquisition of expertise in the classroom and you will be able to reflect on the different types of practice:

  • Naïve
  • Deliberate

Learning about the 5 principles which underpin deliberate practice will help you to contextualise this part of the feedback model and use it to effectively support and challenge your ECT.

Feedback Please! laughing

You may have received a personalised link from Teach First asking for feedback on the programme so far. This information is vital to the development and progression of the programme. Feedback received previously has helped us, and Teach First shape the programme to better suit teachers.

We would highly encourage you to complete this and as always, all feedback is welcome!

For any questions about your training or the ECF offer from Generate Teaching Hub please contact

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