Best Practice

Building coaching and mentoring partnerships: Notes from the field

Drawing on her wealth of experience in the field, Dr Mari Cruice looks at the building blocks of successful mentoring or coaching partnerships
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So you have agreed to mentor a student teacher or to coach a colleague as part of the Early Career Framework. Where do you start?

I started my career as a PGCE student in a state secondary school in Wickford, Essex. As a naïve but gung-ho beginning English teacher, I was blessed with a brilliant mentor, an inspirational university tutor and empathetic senior leaders.

The early support that I received set me off with a spring in my step. As my journey continued, I was lucky enough to keep meeting people who continued to challenge me to lead and encourage me to learn. I have been a head of department, a member of a senior leadership team and I have completed a Doctorate in Education.

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