Mentoring

Knowledge, experience and generosity are a powerful combination. No matter what side of the conversation you’re on, mentoring can help you grow, progress and fulfil your potential.

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a professional relationship in which an experienced professional helps a colleague in the early stages of their career to develop and progress by supporting them as they identify key issues and work towards goals.

With understanding and encouragement, mentors share their skills, experience and knowledge so that their mentees feel confident addressing a wide range of discussion topics. The result should be empowered teachers who are inspired to take the necessary steps towards solutions.

What’s on offer?

Our mentoring schemes for teachers have been running since 2017, building on the expertise we’ve developed running similar schemes for our members. We’ve trained experienced chemistry teachers, paired them with early career chemistry teachers and supported the ongoing relationship.

We currently have one teacher mentoring scheme running, our Leadership skills mentoring programme.

Leadership skills mentoring

Would you like to enhance your leadership skills?  We are inviting heads of science or chemistry (or equivalent) at secondary schools in the UK and Ireland to form mentoring partnerships with RSC members working in industry. Mentoring partnerships are a great way to work collaboratively to enhance leadership skills, by discovering new ways of looking at leadership and learning new techniques. Priority will be given for teachers working in schools in challenging circumstances which we are defining as at least 25% of pupils are eligible for free school meals. You will also need to be a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry to take part; however, you can claim complimentary RSC membership as a result of being your school’s main contact for Teach Chemistry.  

Why get involved?

According to a report by McKinsey & Co school leadership is ‘second only to classroom teaching as an influence on learning’. The aim of the mentoring scheme is to improve chemistry learning outcomes and opportunities for students, particularly those in challenging circumstances. We recognise the crucial role that teachers play towards this goal and how departmental leaders can support this through the culture and strategies that they implement. 

As a participating teacher, you can expect to: 

  • Establish a collaborative relationship with your mentoring partner, leading to productive conversations on aspects of leadership  
  • Develop greater self-awareness and confidence in relation to your role as a leader  
  • Apply reflections on leadership to your own school’s context, evolving a personalised plan that will contribute to improved teaching and learning outcomes.   

 Find out more 

Find out more about the leadership mentoring partnership scheme or to apply email our mentoring team. There are limited spaces and the closing date for applications is 19 November 2021.

Previous schemes

Our previous schemes include:

Mentoring for Early Career Chemistry Teachers in England (2019)

This programme evaluated the impact of subject-specific mentoring on the retention of early career chemistry teachers. Featuring 40 mentoring pairs it was run in association with the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and evaluated by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER).

Mentoring for Scotland (2018–2020)

We ran a mentoring project in Scotland from 2017 which was then renewed in 2018 in association with Education Scotland – this time with a focus on rural and remote teachers

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