Leaders and managers

A leader working with a mentee

For leaders and managers like you in the Further Education (FE) and training sector, we’ve created a collection of dedicated resources and opportunities for continuing professional development (CPD). 

We’ve tailored these resources to meet the specific needs of leaders and managers who oversee practitioners in the sector. They’re also for those of you working on developing a mentoring and coaching culture in your organisation. 

Everything you’ll find on this page aims to support your growth and help you guide and mentor your team more effectively.  

If you have any questions or feedback about the resources and CPD opportunities available to you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Teacher Mentoring Programme team by email at tmpenquiries@cognitioneducation.com.  

FE mentoring framework and guide

Did you know? – Mentoring is recognised as one of the most effective methods of CPD for practitioners.  

As a leader or manager, you play a crucial role in encouraging and enabling a culture of learning in your organisation. Cognition Learning Group’s FE mentoring framework equips you with the tools you’ll need to make your mentoring initiatives truly effective – providing you with a comprehensive guide to the conditions and practices that allow mentoring to thrive. 

To further support you, we’ve also developed a Guide for Leaders and Managers, which complements the mentoring framework. The guide contains valuable information and ideas designed for managers and leaders, detailing how to implement or enhance mentoring programmes within an organisation.  

You can access both resources through the following links: 

If you’ve got any questions or you need extra support implementing/enhancing your initiatives, please reach out and we’ll be happy to help.

Online Short Course

How to lead effective mentoring and coaching schemes for practitioners in Further Education

We’ve designed this free, online short course for those of you in leadership or managerial roles who oversee mentoring and coaching programmes in the FE sector. 

On this course, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills necessary to lead and manage high-quality mentoring and coaching initiatives. With valuable insights and actionable steps, the course aims to help you make mentoring and coaching schemes successful and effective. 

Female leader instructing a male colleague
When you register using the below, you’ll be taken to the Hub registration page to set up set up an account.  Follow the instructions to enter your email address and create a password.

You’ll then receive a verification email from hub@aspiredevelopment.co.uk with a link to confirm your account.  (Check your spam folder if the email doesn’t come through to your inbox.) Simply click on the link in the confirmation email, log in to the Hub, and start your course.  

The course involves around 6 hours of independent, interactive learning split into short modules, which you can access and complete at any time that’s convenient for you.   To let the course’s lessons sink in, we recommend completing it over a three-week period, dedicating up to 2 hours of study per week.

Save the Hub to your bookmarks for easy access: https://hub.aspiredevelopment.co.uk/ 

If you forget your password, reset it here: https://hub.aspiredevelopment.co.uk/forgot-password/ 

If you have any difficulties setting up or accessing your account, please contact: hub@aspiredevelopment.co.uk


Masterclass: Webinar for Leaders and Managers 

We also offer a live webinar masterclass tailor-made for leaders and managers. 

Join us for this free interactive event, where you’ll gain a deeper, first-hand understanding of the powerful and practical aspects of mentoring and coaching.  

Places are first come, first served, so we recommend booking early to avoid missing out. 

As a response to the current needs of leaders and managers in the sector, this masterclass will provide you with: 

  • Insights into effective leadership and mentoring practice 
  • The opportunity to ask questions and share experiences with subject-matter experts 
  • Practical guidance and tools to developing your own mentoring and coaching programmes.

Join us for the leaders and managers masterclass at 4pm to 5.30pm, Thursday 28 November 2023

If you can’t attend on this date, we invite you to express your interest in a future date instead by contacting us at tmpenquiries@cognitioneducation.com with your name, organisation name and email address. We’ll be monitoring demand, and we will host extra masterclasses where possible. 

If you’re attending the webinar, we strongly recommend that you also register for the complementing course  How to lead effective mentoring and coaching schemes for practitioners in Further Education, detailed above.