School of Education & Psychology, Faculty of Professional Studies, University of Bolton

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Support for Mentors and Assessors of the University of Bolton Initial Teacher Education 14+ programme

Welcome to our professional practice mentor and assessor website.  We would like to thank you for agreeing to mentor and/or assess one of our trainee teachers.  This website provides general information and updates to all current mentors and asssessors and their line managers, as well as providing a means of completing mentor and assessor training.  In order to complete the training you will need to undertake the 'quiz' provided on the mentor and Assessor Information and Training page (see link right hand column).

The links and resources on this page are intended to give you an overveiw of the ITE programme and help you understand what is required in order to fulfil your role as mentor and/or assessor. 

The support we receive from all our mentors and assessors is invaluable and certainly very much appreciated by the trainees themselves.  A positive experience in the teaching placement has a large impact on the trainees’ progress and development.  Therefore this website is designed to assist you in this role.  Each year we collate and summarise all mentor evaluation sheets and update our mentor guidance and training accordingly. We hope you enjoy your mentoring and assessing experience.

Meet the Team

 GWaugh Gill Waugh, Dean of Professional Studies G.Waugh@bolton.ac.uk

 STelfer Dr.Sarah Telfer, Lead for Initial Teacher Education & TIRI Professor, S.Telfer@bolton.ac.uk

Amanda Turner Small Amanda Turner, Programme Leader Generic Pathway Initial Teacher Education   A.Turner@bolton.ac.uk 

Jane  Jane Lovatt, Lead for Mentor & Assessor Training, J.Lovatt@bolton.ac.uk                                                   

The Programme runs In association with Bolton College, Bury College, Brooksby Melton College, Salford City College, Skills Solutions and Aquinas College, Stockport. 

The University of Bolton is one of the largest providers of professional development for teachers and trainers in the FE and Skills Sector in England.   The Initial Teacher Education Scheme 14+ is designed to provide trainee teachers with opportunities to acquire the knowledge and skills needed for teaching in the FE and Skills Sector of education. The courses are recognised by the Education and Training Foundation and meet the national standards for ITE.  

Strong partnership links exist between the University of Bolton and providers of education across the sector including: FE and 6th Form Colleges; community based provision; offender learning; drug rehabilitation centres; specialist independent day/residential colleges; training agencies; charities; Learn Direct centres; exclusion units; pre-employment and the work-based sector. These institutions work with us to provide placements for the Professional Practice element of the programme. For detailed information on the programme see the Programme Handbook.

The programme consists of a number of pathways as demonstrated in the list below. 

Generic Teacher Education 

Art, Creative Practice and Performance Specialist Pathway

Skills for Life Teacher Education (Literacy/ESOL) 

Skills for Life Teacher Education (Numeracy) 

Teaching Learners with Additional Needs Education 

Benefits for Mentors and Assessors

Mentoring, teaching, supporting and assessing our students and your engagement with the University can provide evidence for an application for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Please contact Jane Lovatt for information on gaining Fellowship of the HEA.  Mentors and assessors for our ITE programme are welcome to attend our Centre for Pedagogy events or contribute to our programme in a number of ways.  Please contact Sarah Telfer or Amanda Turner for further information on contributing to the ITE programme or attending one of our events.