Primary Education News

5 Aug '14

News Coaching v mentoring: what works best for teachers?

Teacher Andrew Jones explains the difference between coaching and mentoring, and how they suit different professional development needsMost teachers have been mentored at some point in their career whether as a PGCE student, a newly qualified teacher (NQT) or after a promotion. Not many of us can say we have been "coached", however. In fact, few of us would be able to give a clear definition or comparison of the two.Coaching has become a buzzword in education over recent years and there are now numerous organisations promoting it in schools. Many training providers have cottoned on to this method of professional development, which has its roots in business leadership and as a psychological approach to performance in sport. Continue reading...

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