EdTech mentoring and coaching development grants available

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) is offering 82 grants of up to £1,000 to Further Education providers across England to support the professional development of mentors and coaches specialising in EdTech (Educational Technology).

The grants are designed to support mentors/coaches to undertake:

  • self-directed professional development
  • additional mentoring/coaching of colleagues to enhance the quality of online/blended delivery across their organisation.

They are open to mentors or coaches working in FE who are currently supporting the use of EdTech with teachers and trainers across their organisation.

Each mentor/coach will receive a guide outlining 10 ideas for professional development. They will be required to complete an initial action plan and supporting budget detailing which activities they plan to undertake. They will then need to complete a progress review form three months later.

The application form should be completed by a manager or leader who will be able to approve and support the mentors/coaches to undertake additional mentoring/coaching and self-directed professional development.

The grants will be awarded to suitable applications on a first come, first served basis. It is expected that all funded activities will have been undertaken and reviewed by 31 January 2022. Applications should be submitted by 10 September 2021. A maximum of two applications will be accepted per FE provider organisation.

Dr Catherine Manning, the ETF’s National Head of Mentoring and Practitioner Research, said:

“Last year we received a very good response to this EdTech mentoring programme – the places were taken within a matter of days.

“Many of the participants focused on developing resources to support the use of EdTech in their organisation, with significant numbers developing stronger relationships with internal and external colleagues to improve the quality of online and blended courses.

“The Department for Education and ETF recognise the ongoing need to support the development of high-quality online teaching, learning and assessment, including designing blended learning courses. We are delighted to be offering EdTech mentoring grants again this year so we can further support the development of this vital area across the FE sector.”

Further details and the application form are available on the programme page.

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