Professional Development Programmes

As part of our support for the Professional development for mentors and coaches of practitioners in Further Education and Training. We are offering 245 FE practitioners who are mentoring or coaching colleagues (teachers or trainers) to undertake a free professional development programme through the ETF.

Each programme will take place between October 2020-March 2021 and all participants will receive a certificate on completion.

1. New to mentoring blended programme

A blended programme running over six-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 40 – 50 hours of mentoring over the six-month period enabling them to draw on their first-hand experiences throughout the programme.

2. Advanced Mentoring blended programme

A blended programme for those who have experience 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. Participants will form action learning sets, will be expected to undertake a development project, and write a short report. For example, a mentor could conduct a small-scale investigation into common challenges mentors face in their organisation and share their findings with their in-house Quality team.

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 40 – 50 hours of mentoring over the six-month period.

Grants

For each mentor allocated a place on the programme their employer will receive a grant of £6,000. 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.

For any queries please contact mentoringETF@etfoundation.co.uk