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The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) advocate an approach to mentoring and coaching of teachers in the Further Education and Training sector which is:  

  • developmental and nurturing in nature  
  • rooted in collaboration and support  
  • adaptable to the individual needs of the mentee/coachee.  

The ETF also believe that in order for this mentoring approach to flourish it requires an organisational commitment to developmental mentoring and a broader learning culture.

The Department for Education (DfE) started funding a programme of work in 2020-21 that focuses on developing high quality mentoring training to support teachers from early careers onwards to develop and progress within the sector in order to improve the retention of new teachers entering the Further Education and Training sector.  

The overall aims of this programme are to improve the quality of mentoring for practitioners in the Further Education and Training sector to increase the effectiveness of the support offered to mentees. We know from previous delivery that this programme promotes a shared understanding of what makes up effective mentoring practices, produces high-quality and evidence-informed training for new mentors, produces an ambitious ongoing professional development for experienced or qualified mentors, raises awareness of what mentoring looks like and promotes best practice for mentoring. 

For more information on the application process please visit the professional development programme.

For any other general enquiries please contact the ETF Mentoring Team by emailing

T Level Leadership Mentoring

If you are leading on delivery or the planning for delivery of one or multiple T Levels, you may be interested in our T Level Leadership Mentoring Programme. You may be in a middle manager position, or you may simply be leading the T Level or an element of it, e.g. curriculum, recruitment, industry placements. A specialist mentor will help you grow your leadership and management skills through coaching and reflection, whilst exploring your motivations, strengths and areas for development in relation to your T Level delivery.