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Short course Stage 2 Mentor and Coach Training – Individual Development

Course summary

Do you want to develop teachers, trainers, assessors and leaders in your school or college to become nationally recognised coaches and mentors? Train to coach and mentor and opt to gain a nationally recognised qualification.

This programme is aimed at school and college-based practitioners, who want to develop their knowledge and critical awareness of issues relating to coaching, mentoring and developing others. It focuses on the skills you need to support individuals to enhance their teaching and leadership skills through critical engagement with evidence-based research and theory relating to coaching and mentoring. 

It provides opportunities for you  to critically reflect on your professional values and to understand them in broader social, political and economic contexts. It examines the differences between coaching and mentoring and considers the ways in which approaches vary depending on the context.  It will enhance your ability to engage with colleagues’ professional development and your skills of communication for interpersonal learning.

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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CMI opportunity

Coaching and Mentoring offers you the opportunity to gain CMI accreditation, which will provide you with an industry standard qualification to extend your employability beyond your sector. 

Continued Professional Development

You will gain professional learning that is focused on developing coaching and mentoring skills for teaching improvement in a school or college-based environment

Highly qualified lecturers

You will benefit from engaging with evidence-based practice and academic research in the areas of coaching and mentoring. Lecturers are highly qualified and experts in their fields. It provides an opportunity to progress onto post-graduate level study.

MA Masters credits

When you have completed Stage 2 and Stage 3, you will have 30 credits which can be transferred onto an MA Education or MA Leadership in Education


Lizana Oberholzer

Programme Leader of the MA Leadership in Education

UEL is fortunate to serve a larger community of schools, and educate teachers ranging from Beginner Teachers to Leadership. It is well-known for its supportive practice of the teaching and learning community it serves. UEL’s ITE learners often progress to mentoring roles from a very early stage, and they often continue their mentoring and leadership development after completing their PGCE course at UEL. In many Partnership Schools, like Sir John Cass Secondary Red Coat, Secondary School, there are teachers from three generations, who have trained through our successful Partnership.

Colleagues are often in mentoring and leadership roles, and engage with the UEL Mentor courses, or other MA or CPD opportunities. 

UEL has a proud tradition of serving its community. It offers mentor training for mentors at all levels ranging from Stage 1, 2 and 3. 
In many of our partnership schools, our PGCE programmes have well-established mentors who support new and beginner teachers.

What we're researching

Lizana Oberholzer, Programme Leader of the MA Leadership in Education, is an experienced senior leader and former SCITT Director. She carries out research into leadership in schools and The impact of school-based curriculum approaches on teacher education. She is a NASBTT Trustee and led on the NASBTT SEND Project for ITE.  She is a Regional Lead for WomenED and a Trustee BAMEed, and contributes regularly to conferences in which she shares her research and practice with others. She also supports, Diverse Educators, Research SEND, and is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, and the Network Lead for the Chartered College of Teaching at UEL. She contributed to English and Media Edu by others in developing their understanding of the various A-level and GCSE specifications in schools.  She has supported schools by sharing her research and experience on developing key strategies in delivering GCSE curricula effectively to support learners at all levels.

Dr Roussel De Carvalho is a Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education. He focuses his work on the teaching of the MA Education both at UEL and directly with schools through our MA partnerships. He is also currently supporting the PGCE Science team at UEL. His research is focused on Teacher Education Policy, in particular Teacher Selection. He is also engaged in aspects of research within Science Education, Teacher Identity and Self-Efficacy, and Teacher Well-Being.

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Making a difference UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern research universities. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 17 per cent of our overall research submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ for its quality and impact – almost double our previous REF score. A further 45 per cent of our work was considered ‘internationally excellent’.

How you'll learn

We understand the business of the school environment and, for that reason, the programme is delivered using a blended approach, which includes face-to-face teaching and online learning using resources such as podcasts, webinars, articles, and discussion forums. These activities are overseen by a member of the academic team, who you will be able to connect with throughout the programme.

There are some 135 hours of independent study, which may observing your mentee, writing reports, having meetings and setting targets. As you need to be mentoring at the start of the programme, you will already be doing these tasks and you will need to provide evidence of these in the form of a portfolio. The programme is interactive and you will be expected to engage critically and reflectively with the learning. 

This is a level 7 programme, which is equivalent to postgraduate level study. Assessment is by coursework and there is no exam.
The assignment focuses on an exploration of coaching and mentoring approaches as applied to an authentic context and you will draw on theoretical frameworks and background reading to support your ideas. You will also need to submit a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that you have engaged in mentoring someone in your organisation. The portfolio can include a range of evidence such as observation reports, minutes of meetings, records of professional discussions and records of target-setting.
You will submit an assignment of 2500 words.

After successfully completing the coursework you will gain 15 credits, and progress onto Stage 3.

Your future career

Completing the course will enhance your coaching and mentoring skills and give you recognized professional development in teaching and learning or leadership context.

You may want to consider moving into middle or senior leadership or becoming an Advanced Skills Practitioner.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal