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 assessors and their line managers, as well as providing a means of completing mentor and assessor training.

The links and resources on this page are intended to give you an overview of the Initial Teacher Education (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.

About the programme

The programme runs in association with Bolton College, The Growth Company, Salford College, Brooksby Melton College, Aquinas College and Burnley College.

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.

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

  • Generic Pathway
  • Specialist Pathways (Art, Creative Practice and Performance; Sports Coaching; Science)
  • English (ESOL and Literacy)
  • Mathematics (Numeracy)
  • Teaching Learners with Additional Needs (TLAN)

Meet the team

Dr. Gill Waugh

Dean of Professional Studies

Dr. Sarah Telfer

Programme lead for ITE 14+ and Associate Teaching Professor

Amanda Turner

Programme Leader Generic Pathway and Lead for Mentor & Assesor Training

Steph Headon

Lecturer Education – Numeracy Programmes

Jo Hornby

Senior Lecturer Education – Generic Programmes

Jane Lovatt

Senior Lecturer Education and University Lead for Experiential routes to Fellowship

Scott Threlfall

Lecturer Education – Generic Programmes

Pauline Walters

Lecturer Education – TLAN programmes

Daryl Wright

Lecturer Education – Generic Programmes

Rebecca Woolley

Lecturere Education – Numeracy Programmes