Collegial Mentoring

The Problem

Kellie believes in a school where every teacher works to inspire every student every day. Research shows that effective educators have 2-3 times the impact on student wellbeing and achievement than any other school factor, however teaching is hard. Effective classroom management is a skill many teachers are still developing, but it can have such a huge impact on learning. Effective classroom management results in a decrease of classroom disruptions by 32%, an increase of 23% in engagement, and an increase in achievement of 20%.

Kellie decided that by upskilling teachers’ confidence and skills in classroom management, they’d be able to teach more effectively, and would have a greater impact on student learning outcomes and student wellbeing.  

Kellie’s Solution

Kellie set up ‘Collegial Mentoring’; a collegial feedback program for teachers in her school.

To kick off the program, PODs (clusters of teachers) were created, each with 3 staff members from different departments, and time was allocated in staff meetings to allow POD members to;

  • identify an individual lesson focus for an observation by another POD member, and
  • choose the person they’d like to observe a lesson and decide on a time for the observation.  

Observation times were recorded in the Staff Absence Diary so that they could take place, uninterrupted.

The Collegial Mentoring observations took place for 30 minutes of a lesson, including the beginning or end of the lesson.

Following the observation, a debrief took place between the POD members, with each person keeping a copy of the meeting minutes for their own records. Actionable elements were the focus of these debriefs.

The cycle was repeated, with time being allocated at three different staff meetings, so that every POD member in each group was given a chance to observe and to be observed.

Kellie’s Impact

Kellie’s program, Collegial Mentoring, has had a positive impact on at least 300 students at her school, through the work of their dedicated and growth-oriented teachers.

“I have had the opportunity to build professional relationships with other staff outside of my normal area of expertise. It reminded me that it isn’t all about the content, but the SKILLS that we are trying to build THROUGH the content.”

Like the idea?

Kellie would love your support for Collegial Mentoring, or for you to start a similar program in your school, and she’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where she can. Shoot an email to if you want to get in touch with Kellie and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer her on in the comments below as well.

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