ISQAM Mentor Information

This page provides information regarding the training and support available for those new to mentoring ISQAM participants, and also a summary of what has changed for 2021-22.

Optional online training session – 22/09/21 @ 4:15pm

This 90 minute session will provide an introduction to basic coaching and mentoring techniques and concepts.

Whilst this session has been designed with the ISQAM & PLQ programmes in mind, it will not include a briefing or explanation of either programme as that is available from the following online video:

ISQAM briefing video for mentors

This 7 minute video is intended for new mentors who are unfamiliar with ISQAM. It explains the programme and how it works, although please note that it describes the “traditional” model with 2 face-to-face training days, whereas some clusters now run partially online, and the L2 M-Level credits option is not currently confirmed for 2021-22:

ISQAM Mentor Briefing Video Transcript

ISQAM briefing document for schools

What’s changed for 2021-22?

The following information is intended for mentors who are already familiar with the ISQAM programme, but are interested in the particular changes introduced for 2021-22:

The most significant change this year is probably the introduction of “blended” cluster models alongside the traditional cluster model of 2 face-to-face training days. Online sessions have worked well in the current blended pilot, and we hope that this mixed approach will be helpful to schools and also mitigate some of the risks currently inherent in putting too many eggs back in the “face-to-face” basket too soon. Linked to this is the new pricing differential between “blended” and “traditional” clusters, and for the first time a link between participant fees and association membership. Please see the ISQAM briefing document for schools for more information.

At Level 1 a number of minor wording and formatting changes were made ahead of the Blended Pilot, and now in addition the Module 3 title has been slightly adjusted to better reflect the intention of the module, and the “planning a work scrutiny” activity has been updated to be more open-ended and less directive in approach. There is also a brief new introductory portfolio prompt relating to purpose and vision.

At Level 2, Module 6 (previously Programmes of Study and Schemes of Work) now has a broader scope of “Practicalities and innovation in curriculum planning and reform”. This change had been planned for the previous year, but was delayed as we have not run Level 2 clusters in 2020-21.

It is unclear at this stage whether the UCL “M-level credits” option at Level 2 will continue to be available or not. Uptake from ISQAM participants has always been very low, and with change-over of staffing it is unclear whether this option will continue to be provided. Therefore, for the time-being activities at Level 2 which were previously labelled “optional m-level” are now just marked as “optional”.