Mentor Conferences

SSTEC Conference – 25th June 2024
13:30 – 16:30

Our 2024 conference title is Exploring the role of subject knowledge in mentoring, and will take place on 25th June 2024. We are looking forward to welcoming Steve Rollett as our keynote speaker. Steve is Deputy Executive Chair of the Confederation of Schools Trusts (CST). Before joining CST, Steve was Curriculum and Inspection Specialist for the Association of School and College Leaders. Steve will share his insights with us, before we use the SSTEC Subject Focus materials to consider the importance of subject knowledge in mentoring. 

Our 2023 conference also explored subject expertise. Dr Cosette Crisan shared her research with related to the nature of knowledge in the school curriculum. She shared the downloadable text, ‘What Should Schools Teach?. This publication considers the design of school curriculum, and the important relationship between subject knowledge, pedagogy and assessment.


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 trainee 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 General Mentor Presentations addressing 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