Published date: 28 May 2020

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing date: 26 June 2020

Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract

North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, North West, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, South East, South West, London

Value of contract


Published date

28 May 2020

Closing date

26 June 2020

Contract start date

24 July 2020

Contract end date

31 March 2021

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



This tender relates to the professional development for mentors and coaches of teachers and trainers in the Further Education and Training sector. There is research which indicates that mentoring is "perhaps the most effective, form of supporting the professional development of beginning teachers" (Hobson et al, 2004, p.209) yet, there is further evidence to suggest that it is more likely to be beneficial for beginning teachers when mentors have undertaken a programme of mentoring preparation or education (Hobson, 2016).The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) champion an approach to mentoring and coaching of teachers in the Further Education and Training sector which is developmental and nurturing in nature; which is rooted in collaboration and support; and which is adaptable to the individual needs of the mentee/coachee. For an example of the type of approach to mentoring we advocate seeing Hobson's (2016) notion of ONSIDE mentoring. Such an approach requires mentors who are highly knowledgeable in theories of mentoring and highly skilled in the practice of mentoring.The Department for Education have allocated ETF a total of 3,000,000 GBP to develop high quality mentoring training in the sector to support teachers - including those in the important early years of their careers - to develop and progress. The underlying aim of this support is to improve the retention of new teachers entering the Further Education and Training sector.

About the buyer


First Floor, 157 - 197 Buckingham Palace Road


+44 2037408280


Other information


How to apply

Please apply directly to the buyer using the contact details provided, or follow the instructions given in the notice description or information section.

Closing date: 26 June 2020