Cognition Learning Group wins contract to deliver the Teacher Mentoring Programme for the Further Education sector

Cognition Learning Group has been awarded the contract for the Teacher Mentoring Programme in the FE Sector (TMP). This major contract was awarded by the Department for Education and its purpose is to provide mentoring support for early career teachers entering the workforce, through the training and professional development of mentors.

FE providers and universities worldwide are developing peer mentoring programmes to assist newly qualified and early career teachers’ transition into teaching in Further Education. Mentoring programmes have proven to be very successful in reducing attrition and improving teaching ability in new teachers.

Cognition Learning Group has signed a two-year contract with the Department for Education for the delivery of the Teacher Mentoring Programme, which will run until 31 March 2025. The programme is specifically designed to develop effective mentoring skills through high quality and evidence-informed training for new mentors. It will also provide an ambitious ongoing professional development programme for experienced or qualified mentors and promote best practice for mentoring across the sector.

The programme will train and provide professional development for a minimum of 600 mentors to provide effective and improved support to a minimum of 1,800 early career teachers. Cognition Learning Group will assist in processing optional grant funding for eligible providers to facilitate sector engagement within the training programmes.

These trained individuals will act as mentors for new and inexperienced teachers with less than 3 years of teaching behind them. The programme will also offer a high-quality and comprehensive package of CPD materials to the wider FE sector including short online courses.

Managing Director UK Tracey Newman:

“Cognition Learning Group is delighted to have won this TMP contract. It is a testament to our other existing projects within the Education Sector, as well as our ongoing partnership with the Department for Education.”

“This contract represents the latest step in Cognition Learning Group’s ambitions to ramp up our partnership working with the public, private and charitable sectors in the UK to deliver impactful programmes and training which makes a difference to the lives of Children, young people and adults.”

“Through our group businesses Cognition Education and Aspire Development we will utilise our collective knowledge from previous work in this area to deliver this important contract and work collaboratively with the Department for Education.”

“The support this contract offers to new FE teaching staff is invaluable and we are proud to be able to assist in the delivery of the programme to the FE sector with the teaching skills, subject knowledge and confidence they need for the benefit of their learners.”

Cognition Learning Group has a long history and reputation for excellence in the sector and with offices around the globe we have been delivering knowledge to communities in more than 30 countries worldwide since 1989, proudly providing innovative learning solutions that are changing the way the world learns.

Based out of our Manchester office, Cognition Learning Group UK has forged strong relationships with the education and skills sectors since the arrival, of its group company Cognition Education, in the UK 7 years ago. Cognition Education is a global provider of leading consultancy services to governments, with a focus on improving education outcomes for all learners.

The group is committed to growing its impact further in the UK and has been going from strength to strength with the recent launch of its digital learning arm Wavelength Learning and the recent acquisition of Aspire Development. 

Wavelength Learning operates across UK, Australasia and Asia Pacific providing award winning learning solutions that are tailor made for public sector clients, training organisations and businesses using the latest digital learning approaches.

Aspire Development is a welcome addition to the group, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise in apprenticeships and quality leadership and management training programmes in the UK.

To support our growth aspirations we have made some important new senior appointments include the Managing Director UK, Tracy Newman and Director Wavelength Learning UK ,Tim Hall, who bring a wealth of experience and leadership to help to further develop the UK offering. 

With this expertise and shared passion, the UK’s growth and inward investment has meant that group is now well established to be a key driver of learning and development in the education and skills sectors in the UK going forward. 

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