Students are required to have access to:
- A Supervisor
- Subject Expert(s)
The Supervisor will approve the Mentor(s) and Subject Expert(s). The Supervisor may also act as a Subject expert or Mentor, but not both.
Individuals may take on one or two of these roles, but must not take on all three.
Both the Mentor and Subject Expert roles require a commitment to support the learner to develop confidence, inquiry skills and knowledge of the area of inquiry.
The Supervisor facilitates the learning and guides the learner towards personal and academic growth. The Supervisor differs from the Mentor in that they assess the learner’s progress and the process and end product of the inquiry.
The Supervisor and the Mentor will need to collaborate for assessment purposes. The learner must be gathering evidence from conversations or interactions with the Mentor(s) and the Subject Expert(s) to include in their portfolio of evidence for assessment purposes.
The Supervisor may also take on the role of Mentor or Subject Expert, but not both.
The Mentor will provide guidance, encourage personal growth and academic development throughout the duration of the inquiry. The role of the Mentor is to be a sounding board, provide constructive and timely feedback, and generally support the learner in their inquiry endeavour.
Mentors may be another teacher or any other suitable adult holding a valid Working with Vulnerable People registration.
Students may engage more than one Mentor during their Inquiry.
Mentors may also take on the role of Supervisor or Subject Expert, but not both.
The Subject Expert will be an academic expert or industry expert in the field(s) in which the student is undertaking the inquiry.
Providers are encouraged to support learners to access external Subject Experts. The role of the Subject Expert is to provide guidance on aspects of the inquiry within their area of expertise. Some inquiries may require more than one Subject Expert. The Subject Expert can be from outside of the school, either working or teaching in the field or they can be from within the school. If the Subject Expert is from within the school they must be an expert in the field of inquiry being undertaken by the learner.
Subject experts may also take on the role of Mentor or Supervisor, but not both.
Learners will identify resources required to undertake their study as part of their study proposal and negotiate access to necessary resources.