Teacher Education Conferences

The Importance of Subject Expertise in Mentoring and Coaching

Our 2023 conference will focus on the importance of subject expertise in mentoring and coaching. You can register your interest by clicking on this link. The conference will be online, and it will be free. It will be held between 1.30 and 4.30pm on Tuesday 20th June 2023. We look forward to you joining us.

Sharing materials from our 2022 Teacher Education Conference

In 2022 our conference was underpinned by three key themes. These were evidence informed practice, instructional coaching, adaptive expertise. In preparation for the conference, we invited attendees to read each of these 5-minute think pieces. There was one per theme. During the afternoon of the conference there were a number of opportunities to question and engage with both the presenters and each other.  This was done via padlet. The think pieces kick started these inter-actions and can be downloaded or read via the links below.

The following links enable you to find out more about:

Some questions to think about

  • To what extent is Instructional Coaching an approach that can be used at all stages of a teacher’s development?
  • How does instructional coaching compare with other models of coaching and/or mentoring?
  • Is there a risk of instructional coaches favouring a ‘preferred style’ of teaching? And, if so, what are the potential implications?
  • To what extent could mentors be at the forefront of wider CPD for all, and not just beginning and early career teachers?
  • What do you understand by the term Instructional Coaching’?

Conference Presentations and Dialogues

The sketch notes from our visual artist Chloe Breeze are available here.

The video from the plenary panel responding to questions is available here.

The video from the SSTEC Teacher Educator Presentations adressing the 5 themes of the CCF is available here.

Celebrating the role of the mentor, Emma Hollis, NASBTT

Evidence Informed Teaching, Cat Scutt, Chartered College of Teaching

The Educative potential of coaching – exploring promising approaches, Professor Rachel Lofthouse, Collective Ed

What is dialogical coaching? Professor Jim Knight