The path to becoming a great mentor

An important aspect of managing others is the ability to support them as they develop their professional skills

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There is nothing more frustrating than asking a question of someone who is supposed to be your mentor and getting “What do you think?” in response. If you’re in need of some quick advice, the last thing you want is to find yourself in a pseudo-counselling session, where you end up having to find the answers yourself with little input from the mentor.

Mentoring and coaching are very personal processes. What works for some might not work for others. I am an NQT mentor, line manager and have also mentored trainee teachers, and find that each situation requires a slightly different approach.

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