Chartered College of Teaching and NASBTT agree new mentor development partnership


The Chartered College of Teaching and the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT) have agreed a partnership to raise awareness of, advocate, and promote their sector-leading mentor development initiatives.


The collaboration sees the Chartered College provide formal recognition of NASBTT’s new Mentor Development Modules, which were formally launched last month for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers, as meeting the high standards set by the Chartered College, as defined in its Chartered Status Professional Principles.


NASBTT, meanwhile, will promote the College’s Chartered Teacher (Mentor) Status, which provides formal recognition to mentors for the work they are undertaking to support teachers through high-quality mentoring. This pathway gives opportunities to further the professional learning and development of those completing the Mentor Development Modules, including the option to invest in school-based staff undertaking Chartered Status assessment units.


The Chartered College’s self-paced pathway to Chartered Status means mentors can work at their own pace, completing a series of units to become Chartered. Each unit is individually certified by the Chartered College and can be aligned to the work that mentors are already doing, with their mentees, in their schools, and as part of ITT and ECF programmes.


NASBTT’s Mentor Development Modules offer a flexible suite of training resources that can be embedded within existing elements of mentor training. Modules will be available as either online self-directed study or as taught modules delivered by licensed providers. It is expected that 30 modules will be available from September 2023, and the full suite of 60 modules from September 2024, providing a cost-effective solution to mentor training requirements.


One of the first teaching professionals involved in the Mentor Development Modules is Cathryn Mortimer, Director of Arthur Terry Teaching School Hub. Moving into 2024, it has become crystal clear to us that we are going to need to work together as a sector and think creatively about how we meet the challenges of the new mentor quality requirements, particularly the amount of training time required,” she said.


“Whilst we were wrestling with these tricky questions, NASBTT were already ten steps ahead. We are now working closely with them to pilot their excellently designed training modules which have a face-to-face design, but also come with an asynchronous option. We think these options will be so helpful to ITT providers, mentors and their schools, supporting with mentor workload whilst providing high-quality training materials and flexible training models for mentors with various levels of skills and expertise.”


Dr Steven Berryman, President of the Chartered College of Teaching, commented:

“Our Chartered Teacher (Mentor) Status, focusing on classroom practice and mentoring knowledge, is a new professional accreditation that recognises highly-accomplished teachers who draw on their teaching and mentoring expertise. Having NASBTT, as the voice of school-based ITT, championing and supporting mentor development is absolutely wonderful. As a sector, we are stronger when we are together, and we are delighted to formalise our relationship with NASBTT to advance our mutual charitable objectives to improve the quality of education for children and young people.”


Jonny Goggs, Head of Partnerships, added:

We are thrilled to be partnering with NASBTT, an organisation who continue to play an absolutely crucial role in supporting those training and developing teachers. This exciting partnership offers a new route to gain Chartered Teacher (Mentor) Status for mentors enrolled in NASBTT’s new suite of high-quality, evidence-informed Mentor Development Modules. The role of mentors is vital to drive standards and develop beginning teachers, and we look forward to working with NASBTT to provide professional development and formal recognition to mentors across the country.”


Emma Hollis, NASBTT Executive Director, said:

“As per the 2024 mentoring requirements ITT providers are required to establish a professional network of well-trained and expert mentors. Our Mentor Development Modules are designed to support ITT providers in meeting the training time requirements, and the demands for a fully resourced mentor curriculum that aligns with the trainee curriculum equipping mentors with an understanding of the curriculum content trainees will cover and an approach to mentoring based on the best available evidence. We are delighted to be a Chartered Status CPD Partner to the Chartered College of Teaching and to promote the Chartered Teacher (Mentor) Status to our members.”


Via the partnership, the Chartered College and NASBTT will also pursue further opportunities to collaborate on projects, and continue to support each other’s programmes and services.


Alder Tree Primary Academy unveil Reading Caravan, alongside distinguished author, Richard O’Neill.


In an addition which will transform children’s literature journey, Alder Tree Primary
have recently opened the doors to their Reading Caravan, which is located in the
school’s grounds.
Given its grand opening by Richard O’Neill, where he read his story, ‘Can Caravan’,
each term will see the caravan overhauled with a new selection of books from a
different, respective author, with pupils being able to enjoy a plethora of stories from
Richard, all the way up to Christmas.
On a daily basis, Alder Tree’s Year 6 Student Leadership Group manage and
maintain the vehicle, and the group also led on the hosting of September’s launch
Speaking about the impact which the caravan will have on her pupils, Kate Burton,
Principal of Alder Tree Primary Academy explained: Children enjoy quiet, calm
spaces to read and get lost in a book. Placing a caravan on our field has enabled
our children to immerse themselves, not only in reading, but in the culture of travel
and being on a reading journey.
The academy are already seeing those positive outcomes manifest themselves, with
children regularly visiting the caravan to discover new stories.
Sheni, pupil, said: “It’s really good for children to come and read a book. You also
get to see how good Richard’s books are.”
Rihana, pupil, stated: “The caravan is nice and warm, and you can chill and read
Reflecting on being the inaugural author to feature in the caravan, Richard, who
visits schools up and down the country, spoke of his amazement at the children’s
sheer enthusiasm for learning and reading.
He declared: “Caravans have been embedded in literature for years, and it’s
important to incorporate reading for pleasure.
“This was the very first caravan I have signed, and to see the inside full of my books
was so special.”
Following a rapid improvement programme across Leeds City Academy, Leeds East
Academy and Leeds West Academy, the young people within the White Rose
Academies Trust are now benefiting from a greatly enhanced education.
New leadership, exceptional teaching and cutting-edge facilities equip students
with the unique skills and personal confidence to fully meet their aspirations and
The White Rose Academies Trust is a local Trust dedicated to raising and fulfilling the
ambitions of young people.
Our academies throughout Leeds are at the heart of the communities they serve,
which is why we are committed to delivering an outstanding education to every
one of our students.
In December 2020, Alder Tree Primary Academy joined the White Rose Academies
Trust and appointed primary education leader Kate Burton in the role of Principal.
The Trust employs over 500 outstanding professionals who are committed to
unlocking the potential of the next generation.
The Chief Executive Officer of the White Rose Academies Trust is Andrew Whitaker.
Andrew joined the White Rose Academies Trust as Executive Principal on 1st
September 2016, with a personal determination that all White Rose Academies will
become world class providers of education to the communities that they serve by
In 2018, Andrew was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship. Andrew’s previous
work includes leading the transformation of Todmorden High School. Website –