Saturday, 19th March 2022
9:30AM - 4PM
Manchester Communication Academy

MentorEd offers the opportunity to choose from five different sessions from a range of forty speakers, on a wide variety of different topics. After the welcome and Key Note from Professor Rachel Lofthouse, you will have the opportunity to choose which sessions best fit your professional development priorities, turn up to the talk and leave feeling inspired. There will also be lots of opportunities to network with speakers and other mentors from across all school phases.


Professor Rachel Lofthouse

Professor of Teacher Education at Leeds Beckett University. Director of @CollectivED1. The Centre for Mentoring, Coaching and Professional Learning.

Re-telling mentoring: will Cinderella go to the ball?

Once upon a time, in schools across the land, mentors toiled and laboured like Cinderella. Their effort was often overlooked and unrewarded by the grandees of school leadership and policymakers. Their best work was built around kind and formative relationships with those with even lower profiles.

Once upon a time (not quite so long ago) the DfE waved a policy wand, offering mentors the promise of a new outfit and a spot in the early career limelight. Will Cinderella finally go to the education ball?

The narrative of Cinderella was first told through shared storytelling by women. It was a folk tale that crossed international borders before being documented and reconfigured through the written and media culture. As our story of mentoring unfolds how might its traditions be sustained and what changes might the future hold?

Event itinerary

Choose from five different sessions from a range of forty speakers, on a wide variety of different topics.

WELCOME | 9:30 – 9:45

Welcome and health and safety announcements













Manchester Communication Academy

Silchester Drive, Harpurhey Manchester, M40 8NT
0161 202 0161

COVID-19 Policy
We are still living through unusual times, so we want to make MentorED as safe as possible. We’re working closely with our host school to establish event protocols to maximise the safety of our speakers and delegates.
Whilst mask wearing is not compulsory, we would like you to consider the safety and comfort of other delegates throughout the day.

About MentorED

We seek to bridge the gap between research and practice and to break down the barriers between schools and universities, providing a golden thread from EYFS to FE to improve access and opportunities for all and, ultimately, to improve outcomes for children.

MentorEd is the UK’s first and only national conference dedicated to school-based mentoring. Mentors are the back bones of schools and sharing experiences, collaborating with other mentors and highlighting successful strategies that work in schools is what MentorEd is all about.

MentorED is run by practitioners with a wealth of recent and relevant experience in the classroom. Using reflective practice based on the experience of teachers in a range of scenarios and drawing on leading academic research, the conference provides evidence based, research led, practical strategies to deliver mentoring in schools.

Event Organisers

Haili Hughes

MEd, MA, MSc, PGCE, BA (Hons.)
FRSA. Senior Lecturer, English PGCE
University of Sunderland

Jo McShane

Senior Lecturer: RE PGCE Programme Leader at University of Sunderland, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), CollectivED Fellow, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Book your tickets

Saturday, 30th October 2021

9:30AM – 4PM

£30 for a full day ticket. Early bird of £25 for the first week of sale.