An introduction to mentoring in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) CPD

This fully online CPD course provides a comprehensive training package for in-school mentors that are supporting trainee teachers throughout their Initial Teacher Training (ITT) year and beyond. Authored by our Deputy Programme Director for School Direct, this course provides an overview of the role and responsibilities of mentors working in Initial Teacher Education (ITE). It explores how this role and the required skills evolve alongside the mentee’s development and delivers practical tips on how to fulfil the responsibilities of being a mentor.

Following recommendations by the Carter Review (2014) and the subsequent publication of the National Standards for school-based ITT mentors (2016), there is a need to provide a consistent, coherent and effective framework for in-school Initial Teacher Education that can be followed by mentors across all departments/phases. This course supports the fostering of greater consistency in the practice of mentors, leading, in turn, to an improved and more consistent and coherent experience for trainee and early career teachers.

Split into five sessions, this self-study course will focus on the below areas:

(Please note that sessions one to three will only be available initially and sessions four and five will be added in July 2019)


Session one: what makes a good mentor?

  • An introduction to the role and responsibilities of an in-school mentor
  • The Mentor Standards
  • The induction of a trainee into school
  • Evaluating the trainee’s starting point


Session two: how to support and develop a trainee through the ITT year

  • Setting targets and evaluating progress
  • Tracking progress and planning ‘next steps’
  • Top tips for observing lessons and feeding back
  • Professional conversations


Session three: development of the trainee/mentor roles through the ITT year

  • Challenges during the training year
  • Managing difficult conversations
  • Progressing from re-occurring targets


Session four: moving the trainee from 'Good' to 'Outstanding' (available July 2019)

  • What is ‘Outstanding’ trainee teacher practice?
  • Supporting and developing a trainee teacher to ‘Outstanding’
  • Case studies of trainee teacher experiences: What made the difference?
  • Common challenges at this stage in the process
  • This session will be added in July 2019 at no extra cost


Session five: the final assessment (available July 2019)

  • How do we prepare trainee and ITE teachers for assessment?
  • What assessment takes place during the course?
  • What are the key factors to consider when assessing?
  • This session will be added in July 2019 at no extra cost


Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will have explored the role and responsibilities of an ITE mentor, how the required skills evolve alongside the mentee’s development and learnt practical tips on how to train, support and develop a mentee. The completion of all five sessions is designed to provide a framework for the professional development for current and aspiring mentors and could be adopted as evidence for performance management.

Who should enrol onto this course?

This CPD course is aimed at teachers who are new to Initial Teacher Education mentoring or experienced mentors who are looking to build on their existing skillset.

How to buy this course

The mentoring in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) CPD course costs £60 including VAT.

To purchase, simply click 'Buy Now' and complete the payment process via our credit card payment page. The first four sessions will be made available to you and we will then add the fourth and fifth sessions in July 2019.