Mentor Support

Mentor Support

There is increasing evidence from research confirming the importance of the role of the mentor in supporting NQTs through their first year in the profession, and the quality of mentoring they receive can directly impact on retention rates. It is therefore vital that mentors have the necessary skills and time to carry out their role.

STSA offers a programme of CPD sessions throughout the year in order to support mentors in this key role. These events are free of charge. Bookings should be made via NQT manager, or by contacting Janet Roberts (janetroberts@slough.sch.uk).




Mentor CPD Programme 2019-20

The following sessions are included in the NQT package for 2019-20 and so are free of charge. Sessions are open to mentors from all phases (Early Years, Primary and Secondary).


Session Title Date and Time Details
Introduction to Mentoring Thursday 19th September
4:00-5.30pm
An introductory session for those new to mentoring. We will discuss the statutory requirements and basics of mentoring an NQT, and look at the online NQT manager system.
Developing Mentoring Skills 1 Monday 14th October
4:00-5.30pm
A session for new and experienced mentors focussing on the key skills of mentoring. How can you get the most out of your mentor meetings in order to support your NQT in the early days of their induction period? There will also be an opportunity to discuss scenarios and share good practice.
Assessment Writing Tuesday 12th November
4:00-5:30pm
An outline of the requirements for the formal end of term reports and guidance on how to write an assessment report.
Developing Mentoring Skills 2 Thursday 3rd March
4:00-5:30pm
An opportunity to further develop mentoring skills, including a discussion of different theories of mentoring and the role of support and challenge in mentoring NQTs.
NQT Celebration Wednesday 15th July
4:15-5:30pm
Join us to celebrate the successful completion of the induction period.

Further details and booking instructions for each session are sent out nearer the time.

The Appropriate Body also organises a Quality Assurance Panel, usually in late January. This is essentially a moderation meeting looking at a cross section of the first term assessments. We usually invite a small number of Induction Coordinators/Mentors to sit on the panel and review the assessments to ensure consistency across phases and schools. If you would be interested in being involved in the Quality Assurance Panel please email Janet Roberts: janetroberts@slough.sch.uk.




Mentor Handbook

A summary of the main points regarding induction can be found in the STSA NQT Induction Handbook and Mentor Handbook.

Click here to download the Mentor Handbook.