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St Mary's Curriculum Training

As part of our commitment to supporting mentors, we would like to make you aware of the training we are offering in the new academic year. ​

These sessions will include content on mentoring at St Mary’s, classroom pedagogy, and your role in supporting trainees’ practice while in school. Sessions will be led by colleagues passionate about the areas of professional learning covered and aim to offer training in both the theory and application of these topics.​

Information about the dates and content of these free sessions can be found below. While certain content is required for those mentoring particular cohorts, all mentors are warmly invited to attend additional sessions. 

Training requirements

Session 1 is essential for all mentors and PCMs working with St Mary's trainees in school. We have additional requirements for mentors based on the cohort you are working with. 

BA Primary Education with QTS students

  • Year 1 (Foundation): Required to attend session 2 and either 3 or 4 
  • Year 2 (Development): Required to attend session 3 and either 2 or 4
  • Year 3 (Consolidation): Required to attend session 3 and 4

BA Primary Education with QTS (Work-Based Route) students

  • Year 1 (Development): Required to attend session 2 and either 3 or 4 
  • Year 2 (Consolidation): Required to attend session 3 and 4

PGCE with QTS (Primary and Secondary) students

  • Foundation: Required to attend session 2 and either 3 or 4 
  • Development and Consolidation: Required to attend session 3 and 4

Session details

Session 1: Introduction to mentoring at St Mary's

This session provides key information required for all mentors and PCMs working with St Mary's trainees and includes coverage of the 

The recorded input for this session can be found on the Mentor Zone homepage. 

Session 2: Professional practice

This session explores supporting trainees in developing professional behaviours, building trusting relationships to promote behaviour for learning as well as considering the application of learning theory into practice. 

The St Mary's team will host this session online between 4-5pm on Tuesday 10th October, Tuesday 21st November and Tuesday 6th February.

Session 3: Inclusive learning environments

This session considers how to promote inclusive practice in our trainee teachers and explores how to support our students in facilitating an effective learning environment for pupils with EAL and SEND, as well as celebrating diversity and inclusion in the classroom. 

The St Mary's team will host this session online between 4-5pm on Tuesday 17th October, Tuesday 20th February and Tuesday 19th March.

Session 4: Learning and assessment

This session provides coverage of the learning process and how to support trainee teachers in developing these aspects of their practice. This includes input on applying the theories of cognitive science, planning to promote pupil progress and using assessment effectively. 

The St Mary's team will host this session online between 4-5pm on Tuesday 7th November, Tuesday 27th February and Tuesday 23rd April.