Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

The Liverpool City Region is a group of regionally aligned HEI and School led ITT providers who have been accredited to train teachers from September 2024 under the new DfE Reforms. We think it is important that we make all school leaders aware of the planned changes and the challenges and opportunities they bring.

National Changes.
In addition to changes to the taught ITE curriculum, underpinned by the Core Content Framework (CCF), the DfE has introduced several new requirements to the mentoring process including how mentors are recruited, trained and quality assured. This requires all ITE providers to offer a high quality and consistent training package to mentors to enable them to deliver high quality mentoring for trainees in schools.
The NW Consortium have agreed to collaborate to rationalise the mentoring requirements for and where we can, we will recognise and certificate the common core professional development and training mentors have undertaken across any of the associated Partners. Each ITT provider will have components specific to their own accredited curriculum for Ofsted requirements but where possible we will ensure any previous generic training elements are recognised.

Raising the status of mentors
We seek to ensure the status of mentors is recognised and enhanced through the required training and will be awarding a certificate of completion for all mentors who undertake the DfE required hours.

Benefits of the Liverpool City Region providers working together
● Quality assured, up-to-date mentor training across the region.
● Assurance of consistency of the quality of mentor training when working with multiple providers and minimal overlap between training requirements of different providers
● Time invested in training is recognised by other ITE providers in the partnership to ensure that training does not duplicate the general principles of mentoring
● Flexible delivery of training modules to fit into mentor workload
● Where appropriate, and in line with new quality requirements, training requirements within the partnership recognise prior experience (e.g. NPQLTD) to ensure that mentors’ time is used in effective professional development
● Development of excellent professional skills and reflective practice to training the best teachers.
● Professional conversations about evidence-informed practice to develop mentors’ skillsets
● Training will build upon the ECF and encourage new teachers to become mentors
● Enhancement of the quality of teacher supply.

Training Providers

Associated Merseyside Partnership SCITT
Generate Teaching Hub
Inspire Learning Trust
Liverpool Hope University
University of Cumbria
Liverpool John Moore’s
Mersey Borough ITT Partnership
University of Chester
Manchester Met 
Manchester University
Embrace Learning Trust
Wrexham University

More information can be found at the Liverpool City Region Education website

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