Further education teaching staff will soon benefit from more high-quality professional development opportunities, so they can continue to deliver top class education and training to young people and adults.
The Government say excellent teaching is vital to ensuring their landmark reforms to post-16 education can progress. They want more people to “gain the skills they need to secure good jobs and support the country to build back better from the pandemic.” Evidence also shows that the quality of teaching is the single biggest driver of student outcomes.
The new £9.5 million FE Professional Development Grants pilot launched today (18 June) will support the commitment made in the government’s Skills for Jobs White Paper to strengthen the professional development on offer to the workforce and boost teaching practices.
The funding will also provide increased opportunities for providers to collaborate and share the excellent skills and practice that already exists within the sector in three priority areas:
- Training and supporting staff to strengthen skills and confidence to use technology effectively to deliver education.
- Subject specific professional development to improve the quality of curriculum design and teaching, learning and assessment.
- Tailored support for new or inexperienced teachers in the sector to help career progression and keep talent in the profession.
Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Gillian Keegan said:
Kirsti Lord, Deputy Chief Executive – Member Services from the Association of Colleges said:
Jane Hickie Chief Executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers said:
Eligible further education providers are being invited to partner up and submit bids for funding to develop approaches to professional development and training that improve teaching practices and enable career progression.
The fund forms part of £65 million investment in 2021-22 designed to support a number of measures announced in the Skills for Jobs White Paper that will help boost FE teacher recruitment, retention and development. This includes the launch of a new digital platform and national recruitment campaign to get more talented individuals to teach in further education, strengthened initial teacher training and a new Workforce Industry Exchange Programme so that industry experts can bring their skills to FE teaching.