Professional Development Programmes

As part of our support for the professional development for mentors and coaches of practitioners in Further Education and Training, the ETF are offering two professional development courses: 

  1. Mentoring Skills for New Mentors
  2. Advanced Mentoring for Experienced Mentors

1. Mentoring Skills for New Mentors

A blended programme running over four months for those who are new or relatively new to mentoring teachers in the FE sector. This course will provide participants with an opportunity to experience a variety of mentoring techniques. Alongside the programme, participants will engage in facilitated action learning sets and will be required to undertake a minimum of 20 hours of mentoring over the four-month period enabling them to draw on their first-hand experiences throughout the programme.  

2. Advanced Mentoring for Experienced Mentors

A blended programme for those who have experience of mentoring teachers in the FE sector or with qualifications in mentoring. Practitioners will develop advanced mentoring skills and critically reflect on the contexts in which they work.

This course will provide participants with simulation exercises to experience and reflect on advanced practical mentoring techniques in a safe space. Alongside the programme, participants will be required to undertake a minimum of 20 hours of mentoring over the four-month period.

Applications

Applications for 2022-23 Mentoring Skills for New Mentors and Advanced Mentoring Skills for Experienced Mentors will be opening shortly. Information on how to apply will be made available in due course. In the meantime, to register your interest for our mentoring activities for 2022-23 please complete this short survey to keep up to date. 

Ringfenced places

The DfE and ETF have ringfenced 25% of places on two of the Mentoring Programmes: Mentoring Skills for New Mentors and Advanced Mentoring Skills for Experienced Mentors. These places will be for applicants who satisfy one or more of three criteria: 

  • those working in one of the 24 opportunity areas*;
  • people with a disability
  • those from black and minority ethnic communities

The offer is being made in line with the ETF’s commitment to fairer access to courses and social mobility and recognises the diversity of the further education sector. 

Grant Leads wishing to secure a place for participants in their organisation should apply via the mentoring application process, stating which of the three criteria their participant(s) meet when prompted to do so. Your participant(s) might meet more than one of the criteria above, however, you only need to select one of them. You may prefer to apply for your participant(s) in your organisation who identify with one of the criteria above via the main route. Signing up for ringfenced places indicates a willingness to be contacted by ETF’s evaluation team, which will be assessing the impact of the initiative. 

*The 24 opportunity areas are Blackpool, Bradford, Derby, Doncaster, Fenlands and East Cambridgeshire, Hastings, Ipswich, North Yorkshire Coast, Norwich, Oldham, Stoke-on-Trent, West Somerset, Halton, Hartlepool, Knowsley, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Rochdale, Salford, Sandwell, Tameside, and Walsall.