Mentoring for Initial Teacher Training

CPD and short courses (short course)

Blended learning

8 months part-time

Module level: 7

Module credits: 60 credits


Preparing for the new Department for Education statutory requirements for lead mentors from September 2024? Develop your skills for mentoring trainees in Initial Teacher Training and supporting Initial Teacher Education, as well as Early Career Teachers’ professional development. This course will allow you to enhance the connections between their academic and professional lives, as well as your own.

Who should attend?

We will prioritise applications from those who are an identified lead mentor at ARU or one of its ITT partners, or mentoring a trainee on a course of initial teacher education provided by ARU or any of its partner organisations who also provide initial teacher education/QTS courses.

In line with the new mentor requirements as part of the Initial Teacher Training statutory guidance from the Department for Education from September 2024, you will be required to demonstrate your commitment to meeting the time requirement of 30 hours of study in order to be eligible for ‘lead mentor’ status at ARU.

You must also have the support of your school (employer) to reflect on your practice as a mentor. You will need access to expert colleagues in your school to discuss your practice with, and your school will need to sign a supplementary information form granting you permission to take the course. Please indicate in your application how you meet these requirements.


Study for 24 weeks over two trimesters from September 2024 – April 2025.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

In the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, we use our expertise and connections in Cambridge and beyond to nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking, and encourage critical thinking, in order to educate, entertain, inspire and understand, as well as to improve people’s lives.

Where can I study?

Blended learning
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Study through a mix of face-to-face teaching and online sessions.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

Full course fee for 2023/24


Substantial discounts are available to support mentors in our local region. Please contact Leanne Gray for further details: [email protected].

Contact details

Leanne Gray
[email protected]

Entry requirements

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