Below is an outline of part of a mentor training programme. You may need to research some of the items such as the 'Johari Window' communication tool on the web.
Mentor training programme
- Meeting and greeting - ice breakers, set up network.
- What is mentoring? - does everyone agree? Is there room for different definitions? Confirm SMART objectives for the programme. Confirm standards in the programme, e.g. FENTO, Ofsted, Organisation.
- What skills do I bring to mentoring? Self-analysis.
- Do I know my strengths and weaknesses? Use of the Johari Window and Mentor Scales.
- What skills do I need to develop? Personal action plan drawn up.
- Communication and listening skill confirmation and development. An opportunity to share expertise and build up expertise and understanding.
- Mentor style - Learning styles, role play, story telling.
- Observation practice - use of video, observation forms (pros and cons), guides to criticism and comment, weighting of evidence, ie which are the most important issues.
- Feedback practice - role play, positive and non-judgemental or neutral rather than negative and evaluative.
- Reflection - consideration of how and why. Determine boundaries (pros and cons).
- Evaluation and self-evaluation - of the programme, of its success for individuals and for the organisation.
- Ongoing training should be developed around meetings of the mentor network and reflections on experience and the needs arising out of that experience.
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