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Early Career Framework - Mentor Programme

Exceptional professional development designed to support Dixons Teachers acting as a mentor on the early career framework.

We are proud to deliver the Early Career Framework in partnership with our delivery partner, Ambition Institute alongside Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust and Beckfoot Trust. To read about how we work in partnership for the Early Career Framework, click here.

What are the programme benefits?

Mentors play an important role in the early career framework (ECF) and are pivotal in early career teachers being successful, both on the programme and in the profession. To support mentors in developing their own skills, they will undertake learning alongside their mentee around assessing teacher progress, providing effective feedback, using deliberate practice to accelerate progress, and how to provide further challenge to high-performing early career teachers.

Who is this programme suitable for?

This programme is for Dixons teaching staff beyond the first two years of their career who want to:

  • play an important role in supporting the development and wellbeing of new teachers
  • create an environment for mentees to grow and develop their personal and professional goals
  • share their passion around teaching with novice teachers
  • use instructional coaching as a powerful tool for helping new teachers to get better at their job

Programme curriculum

Delivered on behalf of Ambition Institute in partnership with Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust and Beckfoot Trust, the evidence-led programme will:

  • provide allocated time to mentor alongside your teaching timetable
  • support mentors in building strong professional relationships with colleagues
  • support mentors in coaching their mentees, enabling them to strengthen the essential skills that they can use throughout their career
  • provide opportunity to receive personalised, supportive feedback on their own instructional coaching
  • connect with your network of peers; share strategies and solutions with other mentors

What is the commitment?

In the first 12 months of the course, you will:

Year 1 requirementWhen
complete an orientation module on StepLab, Ambition Institute’s bespoke learning platformUpon joining the programme
attend one conference

September 2023

attend one clinic29 November 2023
complete weekly self-study to prepare for your mentoring sessions (optional)Weekly
conduct a weekly mentoring session and record the notes on StepLab

Weekly

In the second 12 months of the course, you will:

Year 2 requirementWhen
attend one conference

September 2023

attend one clinic17 January 2024
complete fortnightly self-study to prepare for your mentor observations (minimum)Fortnightly (minimum)
conduct a fortnightly mentoring session and record the notes on StepLabFortnightly (minimum)

Next steps for Dixons teachers

If you are interested in becoming a mentor on the early career framework, please speak to your CPD lead.