Please review each section in turn to explore Third Party Observations (TPOs) and the broader role of the mentor
You need to do one or two third party observations (TPOs) on your mentee’s teaching. Where and when this takes place is negotiable between you and your mentee, but you are strongly encouraged to do the first TPO in the first term. All TPOs should be submitted as part of the ACAD1288/9 portfolio by the late May/ early June submission date for the year. Note: PGCert in HE participants are required to undertake three TPOs, ALTHE participants are required to undertake two TPOs.
If you observe your mentee twice it’s always better to do one TPO in each term. It’s a good idea to choose a session where there is a spare half-hour afterwards for you to talk through your feedback. Your notes about the observation can be easily recorded on a laptop, using the convenient e-proforma an editable Word version of which can be downloaded (see above). You fill in Parts One and Two, and your mentee records their reflection on the session and on your feedback in Part Three. Once complete, you can e-mail the resulting document to your mentee who will keep it for inclusion in their portfolio. If it is not possible to use a laptop during the lesson, I suggest you make notes under the same headings and type them up immediately after.
We ask you to do ONE or TWO observations in the course of the year, depending on whether or not your mentee chooses to do a Peer Observation of Teaching with a fellow class member. If they do Peer Observation of Teaching with a fellow class member, you only need to do ONE TPO. Note that from 2017, you no longer need to indicate PASS or FAIL on the TPOs.
Ensure that the participant has opportunities to participate in the professional activities within the organisation e.g. departmental meeting (this is even more important for pre-service participants who would not normally be involved in these activities). Those participants seeming NMC registration will need links with the clinical area so please help them to make arrangements for this.
Ensure that the participant has a timetable that will allow them to teach for a minimum of 60 hours per academic year (PGCert in HE)/ 25 hours per academic year (Award). NMC registered Nurses and Midwives must do at least 20% of their teaching within the practice setting.
In summary, your role will involve helping the participant to link theory to practice (you will therefore need to be familiar with the modules the participants are doing) and assessing and giving feedback on the participant’s performance.