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Mentoring in a primary school
ByDavid Flint
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This chapter addresses issues raised in all four sections (personal qualities, teaching, professionalism and self-development and partnership) of the Mentor Standards, especially section 2 (teaching). A second important area of mentoring in primary schools in which mentors can provide invaluable support and guidance to trainees is in their relationship with teaching assistants. Schools rightly look to providers to produce trainees who are up to date with the very latest developments in particular curriculum areas or particular approaches to teaching and learning. Another way in which primary mentoring may present particular challenges concerns the range of subjects in the curriculum. Trainees need mentor support with this. Subjects may include not only the core subjects of maths, English and science, but also information and communication technology, music, art, history, geography, design and technology, physical education (PE) and religious education. Being a mentor in a primary school is one of the most rewarding jobs within the profession.