I would disagree. My student teacher has no knowledge of planning documents - ie the Primary Framework, Letters and Sounds etc. I had to go on a whole day's training session when we transferred from the Literacy and Numeracy strategies. Is it reasonable to expect mentors to replicate this kind of training. Of course, I understand the need for guidance from mentors to show student teachers how to plan to meet the needs of the children in the class. But I have had to introduce the Primary Framework, Letters and Sounds and other key planning documents to my student teacher. Not only that, due to his lack of familarity, I have had to do a considerable amount of the planning literally myself (we sit together but I give him all the ideas) because he often has very little idea how to plan a unit.