This page is for further education providers to express an interest in applying to take part in the grant funded Teacher Mentoring Programme (previously known as the Mentor Training Programme). When expressing your interest, you will be asked to answer a series of eligibility questions to determine your organisation’s suitability for the programme and to also provide the following:
- The number of mentors you are nominating for the programme (and the split of how many are being nominated for the Mentoring Skills for New Mentors and how many are applying for the Advanced Mentoring for Experienced Mentors courses)
- The minimum number of early career teachers (mentees can be qualified, partially qualified or unqualified teachers) your mentors will have access to throughout the programme (mentee number can increase throughout the programme).
- You will also be asked to provide the details of a primary and secondary project/grant lead who will be responsible for reporting to Cognition Learning Group on the progress of each mentor taking part (we encourage that project/grant leads are not participating as mentors and they must fulfil a managerial, senior leader or HR role for the organisation).
Once you have completed the expression of interest and your organisation has been deemed eligible, Cognition Learning Group will be in touch to provide you with the questions needed for your formal application so you can prepare responses in advance. The formal applications will be open by 31 August 2023 on this website.
Cognition Learning Group will be in touch with all eligible organisations who have submitted an expression of interest to notify once applications are open. Please note that the TMP application process operates on a first come, first served basis and therefore recommend preparing your responses in advance and submitting early.
With funding from the DfE, Cognition Learning Group are able to offer two professional development programmes for mentors in further education and training. The courses on offer are:
- Mentoring Skills for New Mentors
- Advanced Mentoring Skills for Experienced Mentors
Cohort one will have 200* places available and will begin week commencing 06 November 2023 and ending 02 February 2024.
Cohort two will have 100* places available and will begin week commencing 05 February 2024 and ending 03 May 2024.
*Cognition Learning Group and DfE have the right to increase the number of places available in each cohort.
A blended programme made up of 27.5 hours of guided learning 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 a minimum of 18 hours of mentoring over their selected cohort period enabling them to draw on their first-hand experiences throughout the programme.
A blended programme made up of 27.5 hours of guided learning for those who have experience of mentoring teachers in the FE sector or with qualifications in mentoring (including those who have completed the Mentoring skills for new mentors previously). Practitioners will develop advanced mentoring skills and critically reflect on the contexts in which they work.
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 a minimum of 18 hours of mentoring.
Providers can apply for optional grants of up to £5,000 per mentor enrolled on the programme (meaning a maximum of £25,000 is available per provider). Grants are designed to support providers with covering remission costs so that participating mentors can be released to undertake both training and mentoring practice with their mentees.
Please note: participating providers no longer have to apply for grant funding as a condition of programme participation. Organisations can take part without accessing the grant funding, providing they are able to release mentors to engage with all elements of the programme.
If a grant is required, you will be asked to complete an initial budget as part of your formal application to determine how much grant funding your organisation requires. The budget is agreed in review with Cognition Learning Group and DfE, in which case grant recipients will need to sign a grant agreement with DfE.
Cognition Learning Group and the DfE are committed to ensuring that we provide opportunities for social mobility and ensure our programmes reflect the diversity of the FE sector. To help us work towards fairer access, we have ringfenced 15% of TMP places to those who satisfy one or more of the following three criteria:
- Those working in one of the 24 Priority Education Investment Areas *
- People with a disability
- Those from black and minority ethnic communities
Organisations who are able to apply for a ringfenced place are encouraged to do so with these applications being reviewed as a priority. When submitting your expression of interest, please indicate if you will be requiring a ringfenced place. When you are invited to submit your formal application, project/grant leads will need to state which of the three criteria their participant(s) meet when prompted.
* The 24 Priority Education Investment Areas are Blackpool, Bradford, Derby, Doncaster, Fenlands and East Cambridgeshire, Hastings, Ipswich, North Yorkshire Coast, Norwich, Oldham, Stoke-on-Trent, West Somerset, Halton, Hartlepool, Knowsley, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Rochdale, Salford, Sandwell, Tameside, and Walsall.
Please find below some information on the two grant funded professional development programmes. Please ensure that you have read all these documents thoroughly ahead of submitting your expression of interest. Should you have any questions which aren’t covered in the FAQ’s, please contact the Teacher Mentoring Team at firstname.lastname@example.org