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 these pages.

The links and resources on this page are intended to give you an overvew of the ITE programme and help you understand what is required in order to fulfil the role of mentor and/or assessor. If you wish to complete Mentor and Assessor training see the link in the right hand column. 

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: 

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From left to right: Gill Waugh, Head of School,, Education & Psychology: Sarah Telfer, Programme Leader Skills for Life PGCE/Cert.Ed, Jane Lovatt, Lead for Mentor & Assessor Training,; Amanda Turner, Programme Leader Generic Pathway PGCE/Cert.Ed, .

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

Jayne Hackley Bolton College Centre Leader 01204 482 956; Greta Schulz Bury College Centre Leader 0161 280 8535; Karen Lowe Salford College Centre Leader 0161 631 5589; Rose Davies Skills Solutions/Churchgate Academy Centre Leader 0161 245 4925; Lyn Ross Brooksby Melton College Centre Leader 01664 850 850 ext 819; Michelle Fletcher Aquinas College Centre Leader

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. Links are provided to the course structure for those pathways.

Generic Teacher Education (PDF)

Skills for Life Teacher Education (Literacy/ESOL) (PDF)

Skills for Life Teacher Education (Numeracy) (PDF)

Teaching Learners with Additional Needs Education  (PDF)