In 2020-21, 245 FE practitioners who are mentoring or coaching colleagues (teachers or trainers) will be able to undertake a free professional development programme through the ETF. There are two programmes available: one for new mentors/coaches and one for experienced or qualified mentors who want to continue their professional development in this field. In addition, for each mentor allocated a place on the programme their employer will receive a grant of £6,000.

The grant will contribute towards:

  • The cost of reducing the mentors’ teaching timetable so they can undertake a mentoring professional development course (see below).
  • The cost of reducing the mentors’ teaching timetable so they are able to conduct a minimum of 40 – 50 hours of mentoring support over a six-month period (NB this is a core component of the professional development programme outlined below).
  • If reducing a mentor’s teaching timetable is not feasible, then the cost of paying the mentor to undertake the additional mentoring responsibilities.
  • The cost of reducing mentees’ teaching timetables so they are able to meet with their mentor on a regular basis.
  • Administrative costs of a mentoring coordinator who will match mentors and mentees, monitor the number of meetings taking place, and complete a monthly performance report for ETF.
  • The travel costs of mentors attending the in-person mentoring professional development programme (see below).

A small proportion of the grant may also be used towards the cost of leaders/managers of the participating FE provider or group of providers undertaking a needs analysis and creating a development plan for how they can effect a quality mentoring across their organisation/s with the support of an expert facilitator provided through ETF. There will be a maximum of five grants available per FE provider. Depending on initial uptake, there may be additional places available at a later date.

Thank you for your interest in the Mentoring Programme. Places are now full, however if you wish to receive information about future programmes or to receive the resources we are developing, please complete this short survey.

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Grants to support professional development of FE EdTech mentors and coaches

ETF is also offering 80 Grants of £1,000 to FE providers across England to support the professional development of mentors and coaches specialising in EdTech.

The Grants are designed to support mentors and coaches to undertake:

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

The ETF have developed a guide outlining 10 ideas for professional development. Each successful mentor or coach will receive the guide and will submit an action plan detailing which activities they plan to undertake before 31 March 2021. They will also be required to submit a progress report three months after completing the initial action plan.

For further information and to apply for grants visit EdTech and Digital Skills Grants.