Primary and Secondary Mentor Training


Partnership training for Class Teachers and Professional Coordinating Mentors

Our mentor training programme is developmental and addresses the National Mentor Standards for ITT (PDF).

Each session builds on the other and mentors and class teachers can join the programme at the point which best fits their experience.

We offer face to face workshops, briefings, bespoke training and online training. 

The core delivery team at Goldsmiths is Sue DixonAlison GriffithsAmanda KiplingLiz MorrisonVeronica PokuSusi Sahmland and James Titley

Mentor Training Skills Development Stage 1

This session is designed to support new or experienced mentors who will be working with Goldsmiths' trainee teachers (class teachers with a mentoring role, mentors and Professional Co-ordinating Mentors (PCMs)).

The day will be divided into two parts with a lunch break. Schools can sign up for the whole day or for either part. There is also a possibility of this being offered as two twilight sessions upon request.

Part 1 | 9am – 12pm

  • Overview of PGCE structure
  • Paperwork and procedures
  • Assessment of students and target setting
  • Making judgements and supporting progress
  • Supporting the wellbeing of trainees

Part 2 | 1pm – 4pm

  • Developing observation skills
  • Creative mentoring and mentor identity
  • Providing effective feedback
  • Supporting students with complex needs 

Secondary Mentor Training

Please email l.salt ( for more information.

Primary Mentor Training

Please email ESPGCEPartnership( for more information.

Free for Goldsmiths Partner Schools.

Mentor Training Skills Development Stage 2

These sessions are aimed at experienced school staff who are involved in some aspect of mentoring staff or trainees and aim to provide an overview of key mentoring strategies that can be applied across primary and secondary settings. Session 1 will explore the mentor-mentee relationship, and consider strategies that can be utilised to promote effective communication. Session 2 will consider how coaching and mentoring skills can be used as mechanisms to affect change.

Free bespoke training for Partner Schools

For more information, please contact teacherscentre (

Mentor Training Skills Development Stage 3

Leadership & Mentoring

A one day workshop drawing on Master’s level material for mentors involved in or thinking about leadership.

Please contact teacherscentre ( for more information.

Progressive Leadership and Mentoring in Education

Leadership in schools and learning organisations requires educators to manage large, complex systems. This requires specialised understandings and strategies, ranging from a deep comprehension of how policy is made and implemented to the professional development of staff members in order to develop empowering, collaborative relationships. In this module we engage with issues of equity, identity, self-awareness, policy into practice, youth participation in governance, learning as leadership, organisation, change management, and the embedding of meaningful strategic objectives through pragmatic action. We examine the relationship between management and education, considering what this means in practical terms in the school context, through developing the skills necessary for effective communication, strategic thinking, and the leading of whole-school initiatives. The link between theory and practice will be the backbone of our seminars, with sessions delivering both a critical analysis and exposition of leadership strategies with which to engage. You will need to make a formal application and meet the entry requirements for Master’s level study.

On Mondays (5.30 – 8.30pm)
Autumn Term 2020 (21/09 - 11/12/20)
30 credit Master’s level module (£1155)

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Online Mentor Training

For mentors from partnership schools who have had some experience of mentoring before and who are unable to attend face to face training at Goldsmiths. The aim of this material is to support you in developing a more in-depth understanding of what effective mentoring involves. There are five short videos and two audio files. After watching or listening to each video/audio clip there will be a series of online questions/tasks to answer.

Please contact teacherscentre ( for more information.