What is mentoring?
Mentoring is a professional relationship in which an experienced teacher 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 two teacher mentoring schemes running:
Mentoring for Early Career Chemistry Teachers (running until 2020, in England)
This project is currently evaluating the impact of subject-specific mentoring on the retention of early career chemistry teachers. It’s run in association with the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and evaluated by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). At the moment, it’s only open to teachers in two regions in England and recruitment closed in February 2019. This project will run for 12 months and the results will be published from March 2020. We expect that it will provide evidence to support the value of mentoring for teachers and we hope it will be expanded to more regions in the future.
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. Recruitment for this project is handled by our regional team. We are currently recruiting to this scheme. For more information please get in touch.
Frequently asked questions
Q: How do I find out more about Royal Society of Chemistry teacher mentoring schemes?
A: For more information on any of the above projects, contact us.
Q: Where can I find resources on teacher mentoring?
A: For resources to help mentors establish a mentoring relationship, read this support guide.
Q: How do I find out more about mentoring for members of the Royal Society of Chemistry?
A: For all the details, check out our mentoring for members.