Secondary partnerships

Mentor CPD

In all our ITE programmes we offer a tiered approach to Mentoring Professional Development. Our aim is to offer you CPD which is relevant, developmental and useful.

Navigate the information on this page with these links:

Core guidance

This is provided through published documents on all course-specific Partnership webpages, such as our:

  • Mentor Handbook (which is designed a developmental guide for all mentoring practice within an ITE setting)
  • Mentor Information Packs (which re adapted to each specific ITE course and the range of roles within settings who are involved in mentoring beginning teachers)
  • Termly Online CPD Events (which ensure that mentors are fully informed about their roles within School Based Training within each course for the term ahead)

All Partnership Mentors are asked to complete the Mentor Audit at the start of each academic year. This auditing tool supports our Partnership Leads to identify areas of strength and development within their current cohorts of mentors. It also enables us to develop relevant content for future mentor CPD Events.

Subject/Phase-Specific Development

In order to enhance the core ITE Curriculum we ensure that we offer additional support for mentors through subject / phase specific guidance. These include:

  • Regular subject / phase specific communications with school mentors throughout each School Based Training module
  • Reflections on trainees' learning in BCU taught sessions and signposting ideas of how mentors can further support and develop aspects of trainees' practices
  • Drop-ins / workshops with subject / phase leads to support our Mentors' working knowledge of close to practice research

Master's-level study

All mentors working in our Partner schools are offered the opportunity to enrol and complete a fully-funded Level 7 Module in Coaching and Mentoring. This module allows mentors to:

  • Explore the role of mentoring within schools and wider policy landscape
  • Engage with their BCU Mentor Audit and critically reflect on their current practise 
  • Critically enquire into current research on mentoring in ITE contexts and explore how they could use academic recommendations to enhance their practice
  • Appraise how research and practice can support a deeper understanding of professional practice in ITE mentoring

The module starts in January each year, with enrolment in the second half of the autumn term. Mentors access materials for self-study tasks online via a comprehensive Moodle page and have access to our online library services to use and reflect on wider research. There are regular opportunities to interact online with our tutors to support progression through tasks and mentors submit a final 3000 word assignment in October in the same year. Successful mentors will be awarded 20 credits at Level 7, which they can use both as evidence of Professional Development and as part of further study towards a Master's in Learning and Teaching with us. 

Apply for the Coaching and Mentoring module (you will need to create an account)

Further information about the Coaching and Mentoring module as well as other Level 7 study can be found on our MA Education course page

Our Mentor Policy 2021-22

Effective Mentor practice is at the heart of all effective ITE programmes.

Following consultation with partner schools, and in order to build on and sustain high quality mentoring, we have a BCU ITE Partnership Mentor Policy. This document clarifies our expectations for ITE mentoring practice. The policy is available in all published Mentor Briefing documents and copied here for your consideration.

BCU ITE Partnership Mentor Policy

Secondary Mentor Training 2021-22

PGCE Mentor Training

All mentor training will be held online via MS Teams.

Please click on the links below to watch the Mentor Briefings from Mentor CPD1

There are three Mentor CPD Events, which take place at the start of each term. Each event runs twice to provide flexibility for partner mentors and materials will be published on this page for further reference after the event. Dates and MS Teams joining links for the rest of the year are:

Remaining 2021/22 CPD events
Term 2

 Click here to join the meeting

Option 1:

18 January 2022

3.30 – 5.30pm

Option 2:

1 February 2022

4.30 – 6.30pm

Term 3

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Option 1:

4 May 2022

3.30 – 5pm

Option 2:

9 May 2022

4.30 - 6pm

All mentors are expected to attend each CPD Event and attendance is monitored. Professional mentors in partnership schools are responsible for ensuring that any absent colleagues review the materials presented and are in a position to sustain high quality mentoring for all our trainees.

    At Mentor CPD Events:

    • All revised BCU documentation (including updated calendars, Mentor Handbooks and briefing papers) will be shared.
    • The format and expectations of the three Phases of School Based Training will be clearly reviewed.
    • Opportunities for enhanced Mentor CPD will be presented.

    BA/BSc (Hons) Mentor Training
    Professional Mentors and Subject Mentors are required to participate in the Mentor CPD pertinent to the Year / Phase they are working with.

    To manage workload for partnership mentors our BA/BSc (Hons) with QTS Mentor CPD will be undertaken in two stages:

    • Two online presentations relating to our ITE curriculum and the relevant phase of School-Based Training
    • A live online meeting with the Secondary Partnership Lead and relevant BA / BSc with QTS Year Leads

    Information relating to the our ITE Curriculum and relevant formative assessment processes can be found here: UG Mentor CPD 2021 powerpoint.

    Please watch the briefing videos here ahead of attending the live CPD event: 

    We have also hosted CPD related to Year 2 who start their SBT on 9 May 2022:

    Dates for online Mentor CPD Events (with MS Teams joining links) for the 2021-22 academic year are:

    Year / Phase 1

    To join online: Click here to join the meeting

    Option 1:

    11 October 2021

    3.45 – 4.30pm

    Option 2:

    14 October 2021

    5.15 – 6.00pm

    Block placement drop in

    28 March 2022

    3.45- 4.30pm

    Year / Phase 2

    To join online: Click here to join the meeting

    Option 1:

    5 April 2022

    3.45 – 4.30pm

    Option 2:

    7 April 2022

    5.15 – 6.00pm

    Drop In support session

    13 June 2022

    3.45 – 4.30pm

    Year / Phase 3

    To join online: Click here to join the meeting

    Option 1:

    30 November 2021

    3.45 – 4.30pm

    Option 2:

    2 December 2021

    5.15 – 6.00pm

    Drop in support session

    16 May 2022


    All Subject mentors are requested to complete our ITE Mentor Tracker after attending Mentor CPD - these should be returned to the Year / Phase Lead.

    These audits will be used to guide future CPD events and ensure that all gaps in mentoring practice are reviewed and supported over the year.

    BCU Mentor Standards Audit UG 2021

    PGCE Subject Mentor Training 2021-22

    Developing beginning teachers with secure subject and curriculum knowledge is a high priority across the BCU Partnership. BCU secondary trainees start their study of Subject Pedagogy at the start of the PGCE year and submit their final assessment task towards the end of their training.

    At the start of the PGCE year - immediately after CPD Event 1 - BCU Subject Leads will email all subject mentors with a brief subject specific presentation. This presentation will review the BCU Subject Pedagogy Priorities for their subject and outline how the Subject Pedagogy module will operate to support each trainee's ongoing development. 

    This first point of contact will initiate the beginning of a strong training partnership for subject mentors. Following the first email contact we expect Subject Mentors to respond by returning their BCU Mentor Tracker to their BCU Subject Lead (see details below). 

    Our Subject Leads will also clarify the dates and times for four calendared Subject Mentor Drop-In sessions over the academic year. These events will be online events and will run at the end of the school day; they are an opportunity to develop a strong community of practice within each designated subject area within the ITE Partnership.  As outlined within the BCU ITE Mentor Policy, all subject mentors are required to attend at least two of these events over the year to support their understanding of how BCU trainees are guided through enquiry into research evidence to develop their subject and curriculum practices.

    Remaining drop-in dates for this academic year are during the following weeks:

    • 7 March 2022
    • 13 June 2022

    In addition, our Subject Leads will maintain regular contact with their partnership Subject Mentors via subject-specific weekly briefings which will be emailed out.


    During the 2020-21 academic year, we had the opportunity to establish a number of BCU Trainee Subject Hubs’ in many core subjects to support in school training for our PGCE cohort. Schools with larger departments were able to offer up to four School-Based Training placements for our trainees in a named subject. 

    This opportunity allowed our Subject Tutors to: work closely with a team of Subject Mentors in a department; guide the training of beginning teachers; and be involved in wider subject development conversations. Schools who have had the capacity to offer a ‘BCU Trainee Subject Hub’ have received enhanced payments for their training offer. 

    We are aiming to extend this offer across subjects again during 2021-22 with our School-Based Training partnerships. You can indicate your willingness to establish a BCU School-Based Training Hub using our EOI form.

    BCU Mentor Tracker


    During Mentor CPD 1 all Mentors are required to complete our ITE Mentor Tracker and return this audit to their identified BCU Subject Lead. School Mentors will use the tracker to audit their individual skills and development needs and in turn discuss these with their BCU link tutor during school meetings / visits. The tracker and suggested discussion prompts will facilitate ongoing partnership support and serve as guidance for all partnership mentors as they train beginning teachers in their schools.

    BA/BSc (Hons) 

    All Subject Mentors are requested to complete our ITE Mentor Tracker after attending Mentor CPD - these should be returned to the Year Lead.

    These audits from both PGCE and BA/BSc (Hons) Mentors will be used to guide future CPD events and ensure that all gaps in mentoring practice are reviewed and supported over the year.

    BCU Mentor Tracker 2021