It can be easy to gloss over the fact that first year Teach Firsters are mere PGCE students – particularly after Autumn term when our greenness has worn off a bit. The fact is, though, we’re still very inexperienced and need a lot of guidance and support.
Mentors are absolutely instrumental for this. They’re in school with us and see us every day. They have an hour a week of one-to-one professional development time. They may be the person most influential in shaping the type of teacher we qualify as.
As a participant, here’s my humbly proffered advice to mentors.