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The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) advocate an approach to mentoring and coaching of teachers in the Further Education and Training sector which is:

  • developmental and nurturing in nature
  • rooted in collaboration and support
  • adaptable to the individual needs of the mentee/coachee.

The Department for Education (DfE) are funding a programme of work that focuses on developing high quality mentoring training to support teachers from early careers onwards to develop and progress within the sector in order to improve the retention of new teachers entering the Further Education and Training sector.

The overall aims of this programme are to improve the quality of mentoring for practitioners in the Further Education and Training sector to increase the effectiveness of the support offered to mentees. We anticipate that this programme will promote a shared understanding of what makes up effective mentoring practices, produce a high-quality and evidence-informed training for new mentors, produce an ambitious ongoing professional development for experienced or qualified mentors, raise awareness of what mentoring looks like and promote best practice for mentoring. In order to achieve this the tender outlines four key stages of the programme:

  • Strand 1: Mentoring framework and accompanying guides
  • Strand 2: Desk-based research on effective mentoring training
  • Strand 3: Financial support for mentoring professional development in the FE sector
  • Strand 4: Professional development programmes for mentors

Further details are available on the programme leaflet.

For general enquiries please contact Mentoring Team by emailing