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Do mentors want to be mentors? Defining a rich, broad, long-term vision for mentoring in education

In this workshop jointly hosted by the Chartered College and Penrose Education, Dr Lizana Oberholzer, Derek Boyle and Rob Caudwell discussed what a rich, broad, long-term vision of mentoring could look like. During this interactive session participants had the  opportunity to ask questions and contribute ideas as we begin defining how mentoring could become a more attractive, better supported, and fully appreciated element within a holistic approach to teacher development.

Helen Barker, Teacher Assessment Manager for the Chartered College of Teaching
Helen has 15 years experience in the primary setting, teaching across both key stage 1 and 2. As with any teacher in a small primary school she had many responsibilities, including being a member of the senior leadership team, leading across the key stages and also leading various curriculum areas, including English, maths and computing. Mentoring was an important part of Helen’s teaching role, and she has mentored teachers new to the profession, as well as experienced practitioners. Helen was part of the pilot cohort for Chartered Teacher status, which she gained in 2019. This transformative experience led Helen to join the Chartered College of Teaching in 2021, as Teacher Assessment Manager. She works within the Professional Learning and Accreditation team on the Chartered Teacher pathways, and was involved in the development of our Chartered Teacher (Mentor) pathway and associated professional principles.

Dr. Lizana Oberholzer is a senior lecturer in teacher education and programme lead for the University of Wolverhampton’s International MA in Education, as well as the Early Careers Framework
and National Professional Qualifications for school leaders. She is passionate about leadership development, governance and teacher development.  Lizana is a BELMAS Trustee, and she supports
the BELMAS Research Interest Group for Governing and Governance as a convenor. Lizana is a BAMEed Trustee, and supports WomenEd as a regional lead in the West Midlands. She is actively
involved in IPDA, and is currently the IPDA England Chair, as well as the IPDA Chair of the IPDA International committee. She chairs the UCET CPD forum. She is a proud trustee of a Multi Academy
Trust, and is a committed educator, striving to provide learners with learning opportunities and life- chances.

Derek Boyle has been the SCITT Director at Bromley Schools' Collegiate since 2013. He holds an MA in Leadership in Education and is currently studying for a PhD with the University of
Wolverhampton researching building mentoring and coaching capacity within schools that support Initial Teacher Training placements. Derek holds a Senior Fellowship of CollectivEd, the Higher Education Academy and is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. He is an active member of the IPDA as a member of the International Committee and the Conference Committee.

Robert Caudwell is the co-founder of Penrose Education – the EdTech company behind the Mosaic platform. He holds an undergraduate MA in International Relations, an MA in Education and Leadership and is currently studying for an MSc in Systems Thinking in the Public Sector. He has experience designing, managing the delivery of and facilitating on various ITE, ECF and NPQ programmes – as well as leading the teacher development offer for a large Multi Academy Trust. At Penrose Education, Robert works with ITE providers to support the design, delivery and management of their teacher training and education programmes via Mosaic. Robert is a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.