Applications for participation in the teacher training program for 2022–2023 are now open. Delivered by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) with funding from the Department for Education, it comprises two courses:
Mentoring skills for new teachers is designed for new teachers and coaches and will give participants the opportunity to experience different mentoring methods and participate in facilitated learning sets.
Advanced mentoring for experienced teachers designed for those with experience of mentoring teachers in the PE sector or with a teaching qualification. Participants will develop advanced mentoring skills and think critically about the contexts in which they work.
Both will start on 17 October 2022. A maximum of 245 places will be available for the two courses, with applications closing at 12 noon on 30 September. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Dr Catherine Manning, ETF’s Associate Director of Design and Development, said:
“Now in its third year, this program has already supported the professional development of almost 500 teachers in FE and Training, implementing organisation-wide approaches to teaching and contributing to our sector’s pursuit of excellence.
“An evaluation of teacher training courses carried out earlier this year found benefits for both new and experienced teachers. New teachers reported that their skills in asking questions and maintaining the emotional resilience of colleagues improved. Many also said that training as a teacher helped with their own self-reflection. Experienced teachers said they gained a better understanding of when it is useful to challenge students and how to give and receive feedback and use peer observation and assessment.
“Teachers emphasized the importance of mentoring for their professional development, and the questions the mentors asked helped them identify their strengths and weaknesses and made them become more confident teachers. Participation has also helped provider organizations with staff retention, with some trainees saying it was the difference between them staying in their role and leaving.”
Participating provider organizations will be awarded grants to cover the costs of reducing teacher training schedules to participate and reducing teacher training schedules to meet regularly with their mentor, as well as administrative costs for a mentoring coordinator/grant manager .
More information, including guidance on eligibility and how to apply, can be found at Training programs for mentors ETF website page.
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