Quality assurance for supplementary schools
Overview of Mentors role – Bronze level A mentor is responsible for supporting supplementary schools through the development process, giving guidance, and acting as a critical friend.We expect each mentor to work with a group of schools, of which no more than three or four at a time will be preparing for assessment. Mentors will be fully trained and prepared for their role, and will work with our Quality Development Advice Team to ensure standardised assessment.
Training takes place over six-to-eight weeks with Day 1 training followed by practice supporting a school to build a management file. Day 2 training offers an opportunity for moderation and provides training on how to support schools to build a portfolio of evidence of teaching practice in preparation for a Higher Level Peer Recognition Meeting.
Each mentor will:
1. Get an overview of the whole Quality Framework process.
2. Get to know and understand the Supplementary Schools’ Code of Practice and the online Bronze self-assessment tool.
3. Consider different ways of engaging supplementary schools and encouraging them to work for Quality Framework Awards.
4. Consider how to make the process developmental.
5. Practise ways of being a critical friend.
6. Compiling and assessing a management file.
7. Making a visit and writing a witness statement for Bronze level.
8. Agree standards expected in management files and discuss any issues arising from management file assessment.