Teacher Training & Mentoring

"My final school placement at uni was so overwhelming, and I felt completely unprepared. It's not always easy findinding the support you need in schools, and it can often feel very alienating. Seeing Chris from GLA Tutors each week made the whole process more bearable. He was able to breakdown my targets in ways that I could understand."

For student teachers in need of additional support
Help with lesson planning and resources
Advice on coursework and dissertations
Help with understanding and implementing school policies and  curriculums
Help  with  inclusion  and  differentiation
Useful tips,  insights, and hacks for the job
ICT advice to help you get the most out of technology
Help with intervention support plans
Online sessions from £40

Welcome to our trainee teacher mentoring section, where we offer a specialised mentoring service tailored to trainee teachers in need of additional support. 

We understand that embarking on a teaching career can be both exciting and challenging, which is why our experienced mentors are here to guide and empower you every step of the way. Whether you require assistance with inclusion strategies, lesson planning, coursework, or simply valuable tips and insights for the job, our dedicated mentors are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to provide you with the support you need. 

With our personalised approach and practical hacks, we aim to help you thrive in your teaching journey and make a positive impact in the lives of your students.

 Join us and let us help you unlock your full potential as an educator.

Skills We can Prepare Trainees for


Confidence is one of the most useful skills for any teacher.

 Teachers require the confidence to speak publicly, discuss difficult topics and challenge classroom behaviour. 

Teachers who are confident when carrying out these duties also carry more authority in the classroom, which makes them more effective in behaviour management and more able to communicate with students who are more disruptive or reluctant to learn. 

For most teachers, confidence in their abilities comes with teaching experience. 


Teachers have excellent communication skills which allow them to convey complex ideas to students in simple terms and language. 

Being able to communicate clearly during classroom lessons means that you can avoid confusing students. 

This also may help you to open up discussions with reluctant or withdrawn students. 

Teachers also have good written communication skills that allow them to write detailed student reports, mark homework and provide written feedback on a student's work. 


Teachers who are creative often design unique and engaging lesson plans for their students that draw on different techniques and learning methods.

 For example, you may create interesting games, activities and puzzles for your students to solve.

 Using games and activities to teach complex topics helps to engage students on the subject and may improve information retention for some learners. 


Teachers have a lot of responsibilities both in and out of the classroom, and the career often requires that teachers work long hours at home to plan lessons, mark schoolwork and carry out other administrative duties. 

Good teachers have excellent organisation skills that enable them to juggle multiple duties and deadlines and plan ahead for lessons days or weeks in advance.

 Strong time management skills also allow teachers to balance their working time between multiple classes and curriculums. 

Meeting the Teaching Standards

As trainee teachers in England, it is crucial to meet the rigorous teaching standards set forth by educational authorities. 

These standards serve as benchmarks for professional competence and ensure that educators are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide high-quality instruction to their students. 

At GLA Tutors, we understand the importance of meeting these standards and are committed to supporting trainee teachers in achieving their goals. 

Our mentors, who possess extensive experience and expertise in the field, provide personalised guidance and support to help trainee teachers meet the teaching standards. 

Through one-on-one mentoring sessions, our mentors offer practical advice, share effective teaching strategies, and provide valuable feedback on lesson planning and delivery. 

With our dedicated assistance, trainee teachers can confidently navigate the requirements of the teaching standards, develop their teaching practice, and ultimately excel in their teaching careers.

Being Prepared

Being prepared is of utmost importance for trainee teachers as it sets the foundation for effective teaching and classroom management. 

Organisational skills and forward planning play a crucial role in ensuring smooth and successful teaching experiences. Trainee teachers need to carefully plan their lessons, anticipate potential challenges, and have a clear understanding of their learning objectives. 

Additionally, they must have a well-organised system for managing resources, materials, and assessments. GLA Tutors recognises the significance of preparedness and offers mentorship designed to help trainee teachers develop and enhance their organisational skills. 

Our experienced mentors provide guidance on effective lesson planning, time management techniques, and resource management strategies. 

They offer insights and suggestions on how to anticipate and address potential challenges in the classroom. 

With the support of GLA Tutors, trainee teachers can build their confidence, enhance their organisational skills, and be well-prepared to deliver engaging and effective lessons.

Creative Writing

GLA Tutors can greatly assist yoou in enhancing your creative writing skills. Our experienced tutors provide personalised guidance and support to help you develop your strategies, storytelling abilities, and writing techniques. With a focus on fostering creativity and building confidence, our tutors engage trainees in interactive writing activities, through different genres and styles, and provide constructive feedback on where to improve. Whether you need help with brainstorming ideas, structuring lessons, or refining language and grammar, GLA Tutors can provide the necessary tools and strategies to help you excel in creative writing.


Creative Writing

A great piece of creative writing is characterised by several key elements that captivate the reader and demonstrate the writer's skill and imagination. 

Firstly, a strong and compelling narrative is essential. This involves creating a well-structured plot with a clear beginning, middle, and end, and developing interesting and relatable characters. The writer should also incorporate vivid descriptions that engage the reader's senses and bring the story to life.

Additionally, creativity and originality are crucial in creative writing. Examiners are looking for unique ideas and perspectives that showcase the writer's ability to think outside the box. This could involve creating imaginative settings, inventing new worlds or characters, or approaching a common theme or topic in a fresh and innovative way.

Another important aspect of great creative writing is the effective use of language and literary devices. Skillful writers employ a variety of techniques such as similes, metaphors, personification, and symbolism to enhance their writing and create a deeper impact on the reader. They also demonstrate a strong command of grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary to ensure clarity and coherence in their writing.

When children sit the eleven plus exam, examiners are specifically looking for certain writing skills. These include the ability to generate and develop ideas fluently and coherently, to use a wide range of vocabulary appropriately, and to structure their writing effectively. Examiners also assess the writer's ability to engage the reader through descriptive and imaginative language, as well as their understanding of narrative structure and the ability to create tension and suspense.

Furthermore, examiners look for evidence of originality, creativity, and the writer's unique voice in their writing. They want to see that the child can think critically and analytically, and that they can express their ideas and emotions with clarity and depth. 

Finally, attention to detail and a strong grasp of grammar, spelling, and punctuation are important to ensure the overall quality of the piece.

In summary, a great piece of creative writing is characterised by a compelling narrative, originality, effective use of language and literary devices, and strong technical skills. 

Teachers should focus on generating ideas by immersing the children in first hand experiences and fostering a truly cross curricular approach. Classrooms and teaching slides should be vocabulary rich and supported by visuals as much as possible. Structuring writing effectively is a very specific skill and it is often not taught very well but is is essential to being succesful at GCSE and beyond. Ensuring that children have time for planning, and truly understand the purpose of it, is an important part of the writing process. 

Time for editing and showcasing their creativity is also an important part and should not not be left out when sequencing lessons. 

Online Planning Buddy

Our teachers can work closely with trainee teachers to co-plan lessons. They can provide guidance on structuring the lesson, selecting appropriate learning activities, and aligning the lesson with curriculum objectives and the scholls curriculum overview. 

Through collaborative planning, trainee teachers can learn effective planning strategies and gain insights from experienced educators.

Feedback and Reflection

Our experienced teachers can review the lesson plans created by trainee teachers and provide constructive feedback. They can offer suggestions for improvement, identify areas of strength, and help trainees reflect on their planning choices. 

This feedback loop allows trainee teachers to refine their planning skills and make adjustments based on expert advice.

Resource Recommendations

Our teachers have access to a wide range of teaching resources and materials. They can recommend suitable resources based on the lesson objectives and the needs of the students. 

This guidance can help trainee teachers find relevant and engaging materials to enhance their lessons.

 Classroom Management Strategies

Our teachers have access to a wide range of teaching resources and materials. They can recommend suitable resources based on the lesson objectives and the needs of the students. 

This guidance can help trainee teachers find relevant and engaging materials to enhance their lessons.

Professional Development Opportunities

Our online teachers can inform trainee teachers about professional development opportunities, such as webinars, workshops, or conferences, that can further enhance their planning skills. 

They can recommend relevant professional development resources and provide guidance on how to make the most of these opportunities.