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Secondary Mentor Zone

Mentor training

Initial training is provided for mentors during the M&QA initial meeting. Further support and guidance for Abyasa, the Core Content Framework, and other themes, is available in a combination of short videos and other materials accessed on the mentor training page.

Abyasa help

St Mary's uses Abyasa Pro to monitor trainee progress across the year. This is accessed via your web browser at If you have any queries about using Abyasa, please check the Abyasa FAQs page.

CCF guidance

Our CCF support materials are valuable to those mentoring trainee teachers and Early Career Teachers. See the CCF guidance section on the mentor training page.

Handbooks and guidance

PCM handbook

Mentor handbook

Guidance for Weekly Training Meetings

Guidance for lesson feedback

Guidance for planning the trainee school placement timetable

Useful resources

The role of mentors and teacher educators

An article by Rachel Lofthouse (Professor of Teacher Education, Carnege School of Education, Leeds Beckett University), published in the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education.

The National Standards for school-based Initial Teacher Training mentors

Supporting Early Career Teachers to thrive in their first year: a guide for secondary schools

Published by King's College London in September 2021, the aim of this guide by Dr Simon Gibbons and Dr Elizabeth Rushton (KCL) is to provide evidence and guidance to assist schools’ efforts in supporting those Early Career Teachers (ECTs) who have trained during the 2019- 2020 and 2020-2021 academic years, whose training has been profoundly disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.