Oundle Hub mentor celebration event

NML SCITT mentors from our Oundle Hub have been congratulated for the amazing work they undertake in mentoring NML SCITT trainee teachers at a celebration event that took place at Oundle School near Peterborough.

The event was organised to thank mentors for the incredible work they do in guiding trainees throughout their teacher training, and providing their expert knowledge and advice to ensure trainees are prepared with the skills required to successfully enter the teaching profession after they’ve completed their training.

The event was attended by NML SCITT mentors and NMAP (National Mathematics and Physics) SCITT Mentors. Guests enjoyed drinks and canapes on arrival which was then followed by a speech from the keynote speaker for the evening, Professor Rachel Lofthouse, Professor of Teacher Education at Leeds Beckett University. The evening concluded with a delicious three-course meal where guests had the opportunity to network and forge relationships with other mentors from partner schools within the Oundle Hub.

Professor Lofthouse has a specific research interest in professional learning, exploring how teachers learn and how they can be supported to put that learning in place. She has established the Research Practice Centre ‘ColletiveED: The Mentoring and Coaching Hub.’ Her thought-provoking speech at the event about ‘Mentoring as storytelling; the importance of shared professional narratives’ inspired mentors to think about their own mentoring techniques and the improvements they could make.

Sara Davidson, Director of SCITT’s at Oundle School, said: “Our mentors play such an important role to our trainees. We wanted to show our appreciation for the time, commitment and support they provide from helping to deliver the course, to interviewing prospective trainees, conducting QA visits and everything else they do in helping to ensure the NML SCITT course is a success.”

Katrin Sredzki-Seamer, Director of National Modern Language SCITT, added: “The work that our hubs and partner schools do in preparing our trainees is fantastic. We had a great evening, and it was lovely to speak to our mentors and celebrate the amazing work they do.”