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Teaching practice and mentoring – a new publication

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Teaching practice and mentoring: The key to effective literacy, language and numeracy teacher training

‘NIACE has recently published a new title to support practitioners
working in adult literacy, language and numeracy.


Teaching practice and mentoring: The key to effective literacy, language and numeracy teacher training, written by Jay Derrick and Jamie Dicks, is an accessible new resource supporting the use of mentoring and support in LLN teacher training.


Teaching practice is one of the most important elements of initial
teacher training, but in the post-16 sector it has often played a
secondary or even minor role. The DfES Standards Unit has called for ‘a
step change in the quality of teacher training’ and outlined a major
reform programme accompanied by substantial new funding, highlighting
the role of teaching practice and the need for professional mentoring
of teachers in the workplace. A recent Ofsted report on initial teacher
training specifically identified mentoring and support for teaching
practice as general weaknesses in most training programmes.


This book supports the process of developing better techniques of
teaching practice by disseminating a range of excellent organisational
approaches being taken by different programmes across the country. It
details how successful programmes provide high-quality teaching
practice placements and the professional mentoring required to ensure
that the trainees get the most out of their teaching practice. It
suggests ways of supporting mentors more effectively, through
partnership working, strategic planning, training, professional
development and the provision of materials and resources.


The main sources of the ideas and models in this booklet are talent
London, which supports partnership working in LLN teacher training and
professional development across the London region, and RETRO
(Recruitment and Training Opportunities for new literacy, language and
numeracy teachers), a DfES/SfLSU-funded project managed by NIACE, which developed models for regional infrastructures for initial teacher


Teaching practice and mentoring
The key to effective literacy, language and numeracy teacher training
Jay Derrick and Jamie Dicks
ISBN: 1 86201 237 7

available from

NIACE, 21 De Montfort Street, Leicester, LE1 7GE
Tel 0116 204 4216
Fax 0116 204 4276

NIACE Publications

*Please note that orders cannot be invoiced for under £35.00*

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