Applications invited for third wave of Technical Teaching Fellowships

Applications are now open for the third wave of Technical Teaching Fellowships. The Fellowships are open to exceptional technical teachers in the FE and Training sector and are awarded by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) in partnership with the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, following a rigorous selection process. Fellows are recognised as outstanding practitioners, with high impact teaching practice, who deliver effective outcomes for their learners.

Early expressions of interest are welcomed and can be made using the expression of interest form by 14 October 2020. The deadline for final applications will be 24 November 2020. The application form is available here.

On being awarded a Fellowship, successful applicants will:

  • Receive an award of £5,000 – £15,000 to support activity and to ensure remission time is guaranteed
  • Develop “Pathways to Impact” knowledge transfer activity plans, to maximise the benefit of their Fellowships
  • Attend two one-day developmental workshops over the academic year 2021/2022
  • Be allocated a programme mentor to support them for the duration of the programme
  • Be expected to disseminate their work at national conferences and via regional networks
  • Contribute to the delivery of a final report, written to engage and motivate technical education in their area of practice.

The awardees will also be made Fellows of the Society for Education and Training (SET) and will be awarded a year’s free membership.

The Technical Teaching Fellowship programme, which was launched in June 2018, exists to celebrate, develop and disseminate exceptional practice in technical teaching. The scheme is designed to support and empower the industrial and technical expertise of individuals who support the progression of learners to higher levels of technical STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) study and employment.

The first three Fellowships were awarded in January 2019 to James Maltby (Plumpton College), Stephen Mariadas (Exeter College) and David Martin (City and Islington College). A further four were awarded in January 2020 to Dr Lynda Broomhead (Petroc College), Chris Fairclough (Lakes College, National College for Nuclear), Shell Fearn (North Hertfordshire College) and Nicholas Hart (Sheffield College. You can find out more about what Fellowship entails by listening to James’ and Stephen’s accounts of their activity and its impact. Cerian Ayres, the ETF’s National Head of Technical Education, wrote about why technical teachers should consider applying in a blog, In technical teaching, Fellows are leaders.

Further details are available on the Technical Teaching Fellowships programme page of the ETF website.

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