Patoss Mentoring

Welcome to Patoss Mentoring

The foundations of Patoss Mentoring are built on professional dialogue and a shared approach to exploring specific areas of professional practice with an experienced assessor.

Whether you are a newly qualified SpLD assessor, approaching APC renewal or wish to develop or refresh current practice why not explore what Patoss Mentoring has to offer.

SASC approved mentoring packages available to purchase

1- and 2-hour packages are available which enable and facilitate a targeted approach to your professional practice and development through one-to-one online support. Please note: the one-hour package equates to one hour of online time (as one session), and the two- hour package equates to two hours of online time (either as one session or two one-hour sessions) with a Professional Practice Mentor.

 1- hour package: £95 (Patoss members); £105 (non- members)

2-hour package: £165 (Patoss members); £185 (non- members)

Each package will give you the opportunity to explore your own professional practice and to select either one area (1- hour package) or two areas (2-hour package). The areas that you can choose from are related to the criteria on the APC feedback proforma and are detailed below:

  1. Understanding of how cognitive processing contributes to the identification of the SpLD/s under consideration.
  2. Age-appropriate assessment materials to cover all core components relevant to the SpLD under consideration.
  3. Understanding of statistical terms and of different scoring systems used by different tests and subtests.
  4. Relating scores to the average with consistency. Recognising and reporting unexpected differences.
  5. Drawing together information to provide an accurate and clear interpretation and synthesis of assessment evidence.
  6. Range of background information and how it can be used to inform the assessment and diagnostic decision.
  7. Test administration, score calculation, conversion, and reporting.
  8. Judicious and accurate use of relevant statistical data within test manuals.
  9. Qualitative analysis, observation and evaluation of performance, and possible compensatory strategies.
  10. The diagnostic decision and impact on the individual.
  11. Clear recommendations which are individually tailored.
  12. Accessibility in terms of language, length, and format.

 


Mentoring Programme Details

  • You will be contacted by the Patoss Mentoring Lead- Sarah Reay, who will welcome you to Patoss Mentoring.
  • You will be sent a Patoss Mentoring Log which will support the development of your professional practice and enable you to record pertinent notes.
  • You will select the area(s) of professional practice you wish to explore with your mentor and consider two key questions (1 hour package) or up to 3 key questions (2-hour package) and complete the appropriate sections in the Patoss Mentoring Logbook. At this point, you will send your Patoss Mentoring Log to your mentor who will plan and prepare the online session.
  • Your mentor will contact you to arrange a mutually convenient time for the online session(s).
  • The online session(s) will give the opportunity for professional dialogue and a shared approach to your professional development.
  • Following the session, the Mentor will provide a brief summary of the main discussion points in your logbook.
  • The logbook also contains sections that encourage you to reflect on the impact of the mentoring online session(s) and how it has developed your professional practice.

PLEASE NOTE: Diagnostic Assessment Reports, sections of diagnostic assessment reports or SpLD profiles discussed during mentoring cannot be submitted as evidence for an Assessment Practising Certificate renewal.

Included in the mentoring programme subscription is one year’s access to the online Patoss Professional Community Forum. The content of the forum is closely monitored by Patoss (one per year only).

 


Pre-Requisites

  • Patoss members should have a qualification in SpLD assessment
  • Non-members must have an appropriate APC level qualification or a current APC from another awarding body.
  • Working knowledge of the following SASC documents (available from the SASC website in the ‘Downloads’ section:
    1. Final SASC Report Formats Additional Guidance - please download the latest guidance
    2. Final Post 16 Diagnostic Assessment Report Format - please download the latest guidance
    3. Final Pre- 16 Diagnostic Assessment Report Format - please download the latest guidance
    4. STEC Pre- 16/ Post 16 Test Lists - please download the latest guidance

Intended Learning Outcomes

These are intended as a guide as the learning outcomes will be based on the areas of professional practice that have been explored).

Intended learning outcomes may include but not exclusive to:

  • Development of confidence related to identified area(s) of assessment practice.
  • Updated knowledge on current SASC guidance and requirements for Diagnostic Assessment Reports.
  • Enhancement of skills in the interpretation of statistics.
  • Development of confidence in SpLD diagnostic interpretations and associated Recommendations.
  • Time for reflection and action planning for future CPD activities.

 Please note:

The one- or two-hour mentoring packages are expected to be completed within a maximum of 2 weeks.

Diagnostic Assessment Reports, sections of diagnostic assessment reports or SpLD profiles discussed during mentoring cannot be submitted as evidence for an Assessment Practising Certificate renewal.


Terms and Conditions

Our mentors are all active practitioners working under the Patoss umbrella, so, in order to make the best use of a Patoss mentoring package, before applying please note the following expectations of the mentee – mentor working relationship:

Patoss mentors are expected to:

  • Plan their workload and availability based on a maximum 2 week completion.
  • Plan and prepare the online mentoring session addressing the key question(s) provided by the mentee in the Patoss Mentoring Log.
  • Contact the mentee to arrange a mutually convenient time for the online mentoring session to take place.
  • Provide a brief, bullet point summary of the online session related to the key questions provided by the mentee.
  • Use the Patoss Moodle platform to communicate with their mentee and upload relevant documents to support the online support.

Mentees are expected to:

  • Consider their own workload and commitments to ensure they are available to fully engage with the mentoring package
  • Plan their workload and availability based on a maximum 2 week completion of the mentoring package.
  • Complete the relevant sections of the Patoss Mentoring Log and send to the allocated mentor at least 5 days prior to the online session.
  • Contact the mentor prior to the session if you need to rearrange the session time due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Use the Patoss Moodle platform to communicate with their mentor and submit documents.
  • Complete a feedback form on completion of their mentoring package.

Applying for a Mentoring package

When a mentoring programme is purchased our Patoss Mentoring Team Leader will contact you to arrange the assignment of a mentor who has relevant experience of the age range/s within which you work.

 Patoss members should log in under their member account to purchase the mentoring package.

Non-members should create a registered users account on the Patoss website. Then you will be able to select mentoring to apply for a package.


 

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