Our Vision and Role

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The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) is the expert body for professional development and standards in Further Education (FE) and Training in England. Our role is to design, develop and deliver continuous professional development (CPD) for teachers, leaders and trainers to support government policy and meet sector needs. We have a charitable purpose to improve education and training for learners aged 14 and over.

The ETF believes that the key to improving education and training is to support teachers and their leaders to excel.

Everything the ETF does is in pursuit of our vision of:

  • Highly effective, professionally confident teachers and trainers
  • First class leadership of the sector
  • FE as the career of choice for ambitious professionals who wish to make a difference.

To achieve our vision, we pursue four outward-facing strategic objectives:

  1. Grow the capacity of the sector
  2. Lead the sector’s own development activities
  3. Influence the system’s priorities, thinking and behaviour
  4. Develop the capability of the sector

Download our Strategy for 2018–2021.

Download our organogram.