Strand 1: Financial support for Initial Teacher Education (ITE)

The information provided below was for Strand 1, Round 2 applications.

We know there are a range of barriers for industry professionals seeking to enter the FE teaching profession. For the purposes of the Financial Support element of the innovation fund, we want to directly address the cost of undertaking ITE, and the expectation that new teachers will need to teach from day one without any prior teaching experience/training.

Strand 1 of Taking Teaching Further provided funding for:

  • The full cost of up to five trainee teachers* (per organisation or consortium of providers) undertaking a Level 5 Diploma in Education & Training (DET) (over two years) funded up to a maximum of £4,000 per trainee. Delivery should be classroom- based or blended learning, not solely online.
  • The cost of additional teacher time, providing intensive support to the new teacher (for example through team teaching/work shadowing arrangements) for the first eight weeks.
  • Costs to cover the new teacher to have a reduced teaching workload for the remainder of the year (following the intensive period of support).

*Up to five trainee teachers in total across both rounds 1 and 2 of the programme. For example, if a provider was awarded support for three new teachers in Round 1, the provider could only apply for up to two new teachers in Round 2.

It was not a condition of this programme that ITE should be delivered to any specific model beyond the requirements of the DET qualification.

Applications were sought from different regions throughout England to ensure geographical representation and therefore widespread sharing of learning.

This application guidance relates to Round 2 of the programme which provided support for the recruitment of up to 100 new industry professionals to a teaching position and ITE programme in financial year 2019-20.

The programme focused on four key sectors, including the first technical routes to be introduced, as well as Engineering & Manufacturing (other STEM subject areas were also considered where clear evidence exists for why they are hard-to-fill vacancies):

  • Childcare and Education
  • Digital
  • Construction
  • Engineering & Manufacturing.

This strand of the programme was open to all FE providers, including general and specialist colleges, National Colleges, independent training providers, employer-led providers, third-sector training providers, local authority providers, and adult and community learning providers.

Successful applicants were required to sign a grant offer letter. This will set out the specific grant conditions, monitoring arrangements and payment details.

Please note there were important changes to the selection process for Strand 1, round 2.

To help us develop more robust evidence, the selection of ITE places in round 2 were allocated differently to that of the previous round.

We decided to undertake a Randomised Control Trial which is widely recognised as one of the most rigorous methods for evaluation. Evaluating the effectiveness of the programme in a robust way will help the DfE to make the case for future investment.

Providers were still required to demonstrate quality through the application process however, rather than us selecting on a purely competitive basis, all providers above the quality threshold were randomly selected.

Some of the providers who met the threshold criteria but were not selected for ITE places were still invited to take part in the programme evaluation. Whilst participation isn’t mandatory for these providers, we encourage as many as possible to take part as this will help strengthen the evaluation process and add legitimacy to the evaluation outcomes.

Please see the application guidance for more information on the threshold criteria.

For further information:

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Clive Berry via or call 020 3740 8280.