I have mentioned in a previous post that my school (in Lima, Peru) has set up a teacher training program. This is made up of two parts: the PGCEi (an independent qualification run by the University of Southampton) and the school based program (which assigns a mentor and runs workshops, along with checking progress against the UK teaching standards). In this way we are trying to emulate a UK PGCE course with the university part and the school based part. Last year I was a subject mentor to a trainee doing this training in maths, as well as running a couple of workshops over the year for all the trainees.
This year I am taking responsibility for running the induction (NQT) year for those in the senior school who have completed the training last year (which is only one person this year, the one I mentored last year, but will be more in future years). I will be working under one of our Deputy Heads who is running the whole training programme, but I will basically be the induction tutor/mentor.
My main roles in this position will be to observe the teacher twice each term and provide feedback, to meet with the teacher to discuss targets and how they are progressing towards these, and to discuss with them how they are progressing against the standards (which will be checked by the Deputy Head) and suggest ideas on how to meet any they are struggling with.
I am looking forward to the extra responsibility, and to develop my training skills. I am also excited to be involved in developing the program over the next couple of years. But I am also a little bit anxious as I know that this year can be incredibly important for a new teacher in developing as a great classroom practioner, and my role within this will play a huge part.
I am a maths teacher looking to share good ideas for use in the classroom, with a current interest in integrating educational research into my practice.