Initial Teacher Training Partnerships

Welcome to our Partnership Webpage

Thank you for your support of our beginner teachers!

Please find all placement and mentor resources for our programmes listed below.

Keep scrolling to access our mentor training programme dates and key details to support your development as expert colleagues in schools.

Kingston University, Department of Education Vision

"To develop critically confident and well-rounded teachers who are value-driven and equipped to transform lives of children and young people in our communities."

Mentor Training Programme

Teaching students and mentors at Kingston University.

In partnership with Wandle Teaching School Hub, St Mary's University & Roehampton University

We have cultivated a partnership with our local Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) and Wandle Teaching School Hub (TSH) to collaborate on a mentor training programme which we believe will support mentor access to training and key resources. We appreciate how busy schools are and know you are working to develop your Early Career Teacher (ECT) mentoring alongside ITE placements. In recognition of this, our partnership created short, phase specific core mentor training skills videos which can be accessed in your own time via the 'Core Training Resources Bank' section below.

Our online 'soft skills' live sessions will provide an opportunity for collaborative question and answer training within a network of mentors across the partnership. In working closely with our local TSH and HEI's we can ensure consistency in mentor training within our community of partner schools.

Core mentor training dates and resources

Date and
session link:
Session outline:
Understanding your role
as the mentor
13 November 2023
Click here to join online session Session 1
Building effective
5 December 2023
Click here to join online session Session 2 
SMART targets
15 January 2024
Click here to join online session
Session 3 
Exploring different
observation techniques
29 February 2024
Click here to join online session Session 4 
Developing mentor
12 March 2024
Click here to join online session
Session 5 
Managing difficult
27 March 2024
Click here to join online session
Session 6 

Further information for mentors

Curriculum overviews

Mentors have a key role in the delivery of ITE programmes. Our School-based Curriculum Delivery Outline forms part of the network of knowledge and skills that trainees must learn, remember, and practise to meet the Teachers' Standards by the end of their training. It has been carefully sequenced to allow trainees opportunities to link the taught curriculum to practice while working with and learning from expert colleagues. It uses the 'Learn how to…' statements from the Core Content Framework (CCF) to outline the placement opportunities and discussions with expert colleagues that will allow trainees to make progress by developing and applying their knowledge and understanding in the classroom. The statements have been grouped into three broad stages to support target setting, selection of training activities and progress review.

Mentor training guidance and placement paperwork training

Mentor handbooks

Experienced mentor training Information

Experienced mentors are fundamental to our ITE provision. It is vital that you have a deep understanding of our vision and planned curriculum and the evidence base for this to guarantee a consistent, high-quality approach.

We want to give you the opportunity to have a deeper set of training around soft skills but at a coaching level. This training will be provided in collaboration with Roehampton University in person. Please use the booking form to register your interest.

Continuing Professional Development

We have generated a series of resources in collaboration with experienced mentors and local partnership colleagues to support mentor training around the core areas highlighted in our feedback surveys.

Please click on the links below to access these PPT and video resources.

Useful research for mentors

DfE publications



  • Day, T. and Tosey, P., (2011), Beyond SMART? A new framework for goal setting. Curriculum journal, London, 22(4) :515
  • Glazzard and Stones., (2020), The ITT Core Content Framework – What Primary School Teachers Need to Know. 1st Edition, London: Learning Matters
  • Scott, S. (2002) Fierce Conversations. Viking Penguin, New York, NY
  • Thompson, C. and Wolsencroft, P. (2021), The Trainee Teacher′s Handbook: A Companion for Initial Teacher Training

Online videos

Mentor training session recordings (pre-recorded)

Useful contacts

Course leaders:

What our mentors say

As a new mentor, I appreciate the regular updates and video resources we have supplied to us. I feel like I am becoming a more confident mentor, especially in observation and feedback sessions.

New secondary mentor

I find the mentor training and paperwork thorough and easy to work with. I attended the CCF training and found this useful to start using language of the CCF and transition from the Teacher Standards. I have easily accessed and used progress descriptors, have reflective conversations and use question prompts provided by Kingston University. I feel supported by the University mentor materials, even as an experienced mentor.

Experienced primary mentor

Faculty of Health, Science, Social Care and Education