Dunelm Education can help by supplying a number of services which enable schools to raise the standard of teaching at GCSE and A-Level by providing targeted mentoring services to existing staff. These can take the following form:
from some PGCE students I have mentored:
I was fortunate enough to have Dr Walton as my mentor during the second half of my PGCE and then through the following NQT year at Barnard Castle School. While giving more than adequate support and advice, at no point did it feel stifling or oppressive and I was able grow as a teacher and develop my own style. I was given the freedom to make mistakes and then learn from them, which gave structure to our mentor meetings and helped to set targets to aid my progress. I was made to feel like a true member of the department even as a PGCE student and as such I was able to have a realistic teaching experience. While looking for a new post at the end of my NQT year he helped me through the application process and I quickly secured a job at The Leys in Cambridge.
“Dave was my mentor for one of my PGCE placements and his guidance was invaluable during that time. He was always willing to provide helpful insights into the Physics curriculum content and give pedagogical knowledge, especially hints and tips with practical work. His expert Physics understanding goes well beyond that of the A-Level syllabus meaning we were able to discuss topics in depth, which improved my perception and confidence in certain areas. All his teaching experience means he is extremely adept at explaining difficult and complex concepts in a pupil-friendly way, using analogies and illustrations to make the abstract easier to visualise.”