Judgementoring and how to avert it: introducing ONSIDE Mentoring for beginning teachers

Andrew J. Hobson (Education Research Centre, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK)

International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education

ISSN: 2046-6854

Publication date: 6 June 2016



The purpose of this paper is twofold: first, to extend existing knowledge on the nature, reach, causes and consequences of judgementoring; second, to present a new framework for mentoring beginner teachers that has the potential to forestall and combat judgementoring, and enable the full potential of institution-based mentoring to be realised.


The paper draws on a thematic analysis of: previously published findings from three empirical studies undertaken between 2003 and 2015; new data from two empirical studies undertaken between 2012 and 2016; and recent literature (2013-2016) on judgementoring.


The paper provides further evidence of the nature, reach, causes and consequences of judgementoring as a national and international phenomenon. In doing so, it extends previous knowledge about the conditions that enhance or detract from the successful enactment of beginner teacher mentoring.

Practical implications

The findings presented have implications for the work of education policymakers, school and college leaders, mentor trainers, mentors and others concerned with enhancing mentorship and effectively supporting the professional learning, development and well-being of beginning teachers.


The paper presents ONSIDE Mentoring as an original, research-informed framework for mentoring beginner teachers. The framework may also be applicable to other contexts, especially for the mentoring of early career professionals.



© Andrew J. Hobson, 2016.

The author is grateful to Angi Malderez, Peter Tomlinson, Linda Searby, Lorraine Harrison, Laura Lunsford and David Stephens for their helpful insights. The author also acknowledges the valuable contributions of all his co-researchers on the various underpinning research projects, and to those who supported the projects financially and otherwise, including the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and the (then) Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), General Teaching Council for England (GTCE) and Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA).


Hobson, A.J. (2016), "Judgementoring and how to avert it: introducing ONSIDE Mentoring for beginning teachers", International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, Vol. 5 No. 2, pp. 87-110. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMCE-03-2016-0024

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