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.

We would like to offer a range of training to meet the needs of our new and experienced mentors. In recognition of this, and working upon your feedback, we will be offering an opportunity for our experienced mentors to engage with an advanced mentor training package in the Spring term to help shape the future of mentor training. Please see the 'Experienced Mentor Training Information' section below for further details.

Core mentor training dates and resources

Date and
session link:
Session outline:
Understanding your role
as the mentor
28 September 2022
Click here for "Understanding your role as the mentor" (MS Teams) Session 1
Building effective
5 October 2022
Click here for "Building effective relationships" (MS Teams) Session 2 
SMART targets
12 October 2022
Click here for "Constructing SMART targets" (MS Teams) Session 3 
Exploring different
observation techniques
19 October 2022
Click here for "Exploring different observation techniques" (MS Teams) Session 4 
Developing mentor
2 November 2022
Click here for "Developing mentor feedback" (MS Teams) Session 5 
Managing difficult
9 November 2022
Click here for "Managing difficult conversations" (MS Teams) Session 6 
Evaluating mentor
16 November 2022
Click here for "Evaluating mentor progress" (MS Teams) Session 7 
Moderating best
mentor practice
23 November 2022
Click here for "Moderating best mentor practice" (MS Teams) Session 8 

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.

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


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