Free places available on ETF courses

Free places are now available on a range of Education and Training Foundation (ETF) courses for applicants who satisfy one of three criteria:

  • those working in one of the 12 opportunity areas*
  •  those working in organisations with an annual turnover of less than £500,000
  • disabled people and those from black and minority ethnic communities, both of whom are currently underrepresented on ETF courses.

Details of the courses on which places may be available are marked on the ETF booking website.

Up to four places are available on courses focusing on a broad range of practice including creative approaches to engaging students with maths, assessment in Maths and English, autism awareness, dyslexia awareness, developing practice in resitting GCSE Maths and English, lesson observation and the effective use of support staff.

The offer is being made in line with the ETF’s commitment to fairer access to courses and social mobility and recognises the diversity of the further education sector.

Those wishing to secure a place should simply book as normal, stating which of the three criteria they meet when prompted to do so at the payment stage. The cost of the booking will then be reduced to zero. Signing up for free places indicates a willingness to be contacted by ETF’s evaluation team, which will be assessing the impact of the initiative.

ETF Head of Wellbeing and Social Inclusion Teresa Carroll said:

“Our free place offer aims to promote greater diversity on our courses and to address the financial barriers that some colleagues face when wishing to access the high-quality CPD that ETF provides. We look forward to seeing the FE workforce taking up this new offer.”

*The 12 opportunity areas are Blackpool, Bradford, Derby, Doncaster, Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, Hastings, Ipswich, Norwich, Oldham, Scarborough, Stoke, and West Somerset.

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