Grant letter for 2016-2017 published

The Education and Training Foundation today published its grant letter for 2016-2017, showing funding from BIS, the DfE and MOJ of just under £23 m.

CEO David Russell said ‘This is terrific news for teachers and leaders in FE.  At a time when post-16 education spending is tightly constrained, it is excellent that BIS and DfE have recognised the vital importance of continuing central investment in supporting quality in the profession.’

‘The ETF is increasingly diversifying its income streams, but at heart we remain a body which creates public value with public money, so Government support remains vital to our operations.

‘A key theme for us in 2016-17 will be supporting individual and organisational effectiveness during structural change in the sector.  Good workforce development and planning are key.  We will help organisations to retain their focus on excellence in their teaching and training.

‘We provide high quality professional development, on such key priorities as maths and English, provider readiness for the new apprenticeship system, and leadership.

‘The Professional Standards stand at the heart of what we do.  We have ambitious hopes to expand the Society for Education and Training to 20,000 members by March 2017 and we continue to develop QTLS as a voluntary recognition of professionalism and career development.

‘We were also delighted to see the publication of the Coates Review on offender learning, in which we have been closely involved.’

‘We will continue to develop our commercial income in 2016/17; we will bid for additional funding from Government where appropriate; and we keep tight control on our costs.  Any surplus we make is reinvested in benefits for the sector.

‘I’d like to thank our staff, our Board, and all those who work with us in so many ways.  We know that the sector faces many challenges but also opportunities, and we are proud to play our part in helping teachers, trainers, leaders and governors do their life-changing work in Further Education and training.’

For more information, contact: 

Stephen Cox, Head of Strategic Communications | 020 3740 8280

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