Mentoring and coaching are often presented as powerful ways of supporting teachers, as drivers for improving teaching quality, and as an effective form of professional learning – both for the mentor and for the mentee. But how can the most be made of coaching and mentoring opportunities? How can we develop a system-wide approach to coaching and mentoring that will really make a difference in the classroom? This panel session explores the potential and reality of mentoring and coaching in education, with panellists sharing their perspectives and experiences on what makes effective mentoring and coaching practices – and what doesn’t.
Is effective mentoring the key to improving teaching quality?