Being a Teacher Trainer

A practical course for new teacher trainers

Please note: This course has now taken place. This webpage will be updated with information about further courses once available.

Becoming a teacher trainer is not an easy step for even experienced teachers to make. Many institutions support this transition by offering courses, mentoring and/or formal training. However, once in the role, there is little there to help the novice teacher trainer get to grips with actually being a trainer. This course, therefore, aims to support inexperienced teacher trainers as they continue their professional development in their new role. We will cover many common aspects of being a teacher trainer and there will be the opportunity to share ideas, resources and good practice.

This course is aimed at new teacher trainers who have little experience and who see themselves as at the From Teacher to Trainer stage on the Cambridge English Trainer Framework.

The course will run from 9am to 5pm from Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July 2019. It will be delivered by experienced teacher trainers and will include a mixture of blended learning, observation, loop input, experiential learning, reflection and micro-training.

Topics covered

  • Roles and skills of a teacher trainer.
  • Beginning teacher training courses.
  • Designing and delivering training sessions.
  • Materials and resources for training teachers.
  • Ways of assessing teachers.
  • Approaches to lesson observation.
  • Managing feedback: written and spoken.
  • Reflective practice.
  • Supporting (trainee) teachers and dealing with difficult training situations.
  • CPD for teacher trainers.

Course Outcomes
By the end of the course, participants will be better able to:

  • identify the various roles and key competencies of teacher trainers working in different contexts.
  • develop and implement a teacher training programme.
  • plan and deliver a teacher training session taking different approaches, building in variety and interest.
  • select, adapt and design teacher training materials and activities relevant to the needs and learning context of their (trainee) teachers.
  • exploit ways of assessing teacher learning on training programmes in order to link theory with practice.
  • manage the process of classroom observation, including providing pre-lesson support with planning.
  • provide effective written and oral feedback on teaching and manage the post-lesson discussion sensitively.
  • encourage critical reflection as part of an experientially-driven teacher training model.
  • work supportively with their (trainee) teachers and manage difficult training situations.
  • reflect on their practice and continue their professional development.


Day Morning Afternoon
Monday Induction; Intro to Course Roles and skills of a teacher trainer; Beginning Courses
Tuesday Input sessions: planning and delivery Assessing teachers
Wednesday Support with lesson planning Optional Workshop: Materials & Resources
Thursday Classroom observation Reflection and Feedback
Friday Pastoral care; CPD; Admin; Feedback Optional Attendance: Technology in the Training Room

Application Information

Tuition fees for the full course are £575. To apply, please click below:

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