Mentoring Skills for Teachers and Education Managers (ELT)


Mentoring is a system of semi-structured guidance whereby one person shares their knowledge, skills and experience to assist others to progress in their own professional practice. It is a frequently-used paradigm in education, and one which can be of immense benefit to both the mentor and the mentee. However, it is rare that the skills involved in being a successful and effective mentor are addressed. More frequently, mentors tend to be selected based on their years of experience, and while this means they have considerable knowledge to draw on, it does not necessarily lead to a skilful exploitation of that know-how in the mentoring relationship, and can result in frustration for both the mentor and the mentee.

With this in mind, this course is designed to support the development of mentoring in a variety of educational contexts. It takes the view that mentoring consists of a one-to-one relationship that seeks to support professional development of an individual using a range of approaches, frameworks and techniques that most suit the situation in question. The focus throughout is on hands-on experimentation with practical activities and their subsequent analysis for contextual relevance and application.

This course is part of the Oxford Teachers' Academy (OTA), a collaborative programme offering continuing professional development for English language teachers. The courses have been developed by the Department and Oxford University Press.

This OTA course has been specially designed for teachers whose students do not speak English as their first language, and is intended for school leaders and managers.

Course Objectives

During this course you will:

  • explore the qualities and competences of a mentor and how these might be developed
  • identify and practice mentor techniques and activities appropriate for the different approaches
  • analyse the interaction frameworks which might be used in mentor meetings to enhance their developmental impact

Programme details

The course comprises an introductory session and five content modules delivered over a four-week period.

There will be live tutor-led interactive workshops each week, as well as a number of engaging asynchronous tasks that you complete in your own time.

The asynchronous part of your course will allow you and your fellow participants to extend the learning from the live sessions. Typically, this will include follow up quizzes, extra readings and materials. You will also benefit from opportunities to discuss aspects of each session with your peers in pairs and in small groups, allowing you to reflect on how you might tailor the content of each session to your own teaching context. 

We expect you to devote at least 5 hours each week to your course. Outside the scheduled live sessions, you can study at times that are most convenient for you.

We have capped class sizes at 25 students to maximise opportunities for interaction. 


During your weekly live workshops, you will be expected to participate actively in discussions and exchanges with your tutor and fellow participants. You will be encouraged to continue your discussions through additional online interaction throughout your course.

The first day of your course will begin with an introductory session to introduce you to the structure, expectations, and goals of an Oxford Teachers' Academy course. You then follow a series of five modules over four weeks. Each live session will last around 90 minutes. All times are UK time (UTC+1).

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Introductory Session - Thursday 01 July 12pm-1.30pm

Module 1: Context of Mentoring - Monday 05 July 12pm-1.30pm

  • Clarifying teaching competencies
  • Exploring ways of developing these competencies
  • The role of a mentor in these processes

Module 2: Approaches to Mentoring - Thursday 08 July 12pm-1.30pm

  • Defining approaches to teacher support
  • The purposes and limitations of these approaches
  • The qualities and behaviours of a supportive mentor

Module 3: Constructive Mentoring Conversations - Monday 12 July 12pm-1.30pm

  • Exploring frameworks for supportive conversations
  • Adapting framework for our context/approach
  • Effective interventions

Module 4: Teacher Support Activities - Thursday 15 July 12pm-1.30pm

  • Covering a range of support activities
  •  Analysing the learning processes involved
  • Considering the variety of roles a mentor may take

Module 5: Dealing with Challenging Behaviours - Monday 19 July 12pm-1.30pm

  • Analysing the teacher life cycle and how it can impact on perceptions of professional development
  • Challenges to a positive mentoring relationship
  • Strategies for engaging with these challenges


Oxford Teachers’ Academy courses are certified by the Department for Continuing Education. In order to receive a Certificate of Completion, course participants must submit an Evidence of Learning Journal  which will be evaluated against established criteria. If all criteria are met, participants will receive an electronic Certificate of Completion within six weeks of submitting their journals.

You will also receive a University of Oxford Certificate of Attendance on successful completion of each OTA online summer course.


Description Costs
Mentoring Skills for Teachers and Education Managers £300.00


The Department is, unfortunately, unable to offer any scholarships or reduction in fees for the Oxford Teachers’ Academy online courses at present.


Hanna Kryszewska


Hanna Kryszewska is a teacher, teacher trainer, trainer of trainers and mentors, author of resource books and course books and senior lecturer at the University of Gdańsk, Poland. She co-wrote: “Options for English” - PWSiP, 1991, “Learner-based Teaching” (OUP, 1992), “Reading on Your Own’ (PWN, 1995), “Towards Teaching”, (Heinemann, 1995), “Stand-by Book”, S. Lindstromberg, Ed. (CUP, 1996), “Observing English Lessons”- A Video Teacher Training Course, and “The Company Words Keep” (DELTA, 2012).Since February 2006, she has been the editor of website magazine ‘Humanising Language Teaching.’


Please click on 'Book Now' to reserve a place.

Subject to the availability of places, the closing date is Tuesday 22 June 2021.

Further course information notes will be emailed to participants shortly before the start of the summer school.

Any queries?

Please contact the Programme Administrator by email at

Alternatively, you can read through some frequently asked questions here.

Level and demands

It is expected that participants will have experience of teaching English language.

This course is intended for school leaders and managers.

All participants must speak English to a minimum of a high B2 CEFR level of proficiency.

IT requirements

This programme is delivered online. To participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification.