SET for Teaching Success

The SET for Teaching Success programme was set up to recruit, train, mentor and support new teachers of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET), with a focus on technical education.

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It provides a response to the well-documented teacher shortages being experienced in key subject areas, but beyond that, offers its recruits a unique opportunity to develop additional skills and experience to bring to their teaching.

The programme’s recruits access high quality Initial Teacher Education (ITE) aligned with opportunities for industrial or academic placements, subject updating and Technical and Knowledge Skills Enhancement (TKSE). The resulting cohort of new teachers and potential leaders will be well equipped to work towards outstanding provision in the sector for learners on technical routes.

First recruits – July 2018

July 2018 saw the first group of recruits completing their qualification and the impact of the programme is becoming clear.

Derby College has several recruits and the value of their training is recognised by Robin Webber-Jones, Director of Teaching, Learning and Assessment, HE and Teacher Training:

“Involvement in the programme has allowed teachers to broaden their horizons, share ways of improving practice, and focused them to reflect on specific vocational and technical pedagogies.”

James Wadworth, Head of Quality at Lincoln College Group is also enthusiastic:

“The programme has provided the college with a further opportunity to develop staff in a bespoke way which suits their academic abilities and aspirations. The activities and networking opportunities embedded into the programme also allows our staff members to enhance their subject specific knowledge, skills and abilities via sharing practice with industries and like-minded colleagues.”

Participants’ experiences

Read about participants’ direct experience and how they benefited from the programme through the following case studies:

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“I chose to enter Further Education as I always felt I had an affinity towards training during my industrial years.” – Chis Fairclough, Lecturer in Nuclear Plant and Academic Lead for Degree Apprenticeships, Lakes College and the National College for Nuclear

Read Chris’ full story

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“When I moved to the North West I began tutoring disadvantaged school children on a volunteer basis and this kindled the idea that I would like to be a teacher.” – Rob Long, Lecturer in Engineering, Southport College

Read Rob’s full story

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“I have been thoroughly supported by the SET for Teaching Success programme colleagues […] The programme has enabled me to share good practice with colleagues and facilitators from different institutions.” – Isaiah Oga, Engineering Lecturer, Blackburn College

Read Isaiah’s full story

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“I have always wanted to teach and have taken every opportunity to pass information onto others. I believe strongly in sharing knowledge, and as much as I teach my learners, they teach me too. From my very first class as a teacher, I knew this was the job for me.” – Ellie Bennett, Civil Engineering Lecturer, Stephenson College

Read Ellie’s full story

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“SET for Teaching Success has been incredibly instrumental on my journey and training as a lecturer in Further and Higher Education. SET has been resourceful and diligent in providing not only training materials but also organised events where teachers such as myself can network and share with other teachers from other colleges.” – Rachel Manoharan, Mechanical Engineering Lecturer, Derby College

Read Rachel’s full story


Apply for the SET for Teaching Success programme – application deadline: 31 March 2021

Are you SET for Teaching Success? Transfer your skills into a new career teaching in Further Education. Graduates, industry technical experts and veterans can apply for funded teacher training and a package of support. 

Teacher Training

Our teacher training is funded by the Department for Education and is available at no cost to the trainee or FE provider. The training can be done face-to-face, online or through a blend of the two.

Ongoing Support

Every trainee has a personal mentor offering subject specialist support and guidance to the world of Further Education teaching. You can also access additional training and networks to enhance your skills. 

Dynamic Training

Our training is flexible enabling you to train while you teach. You can receive: face-to-face training from the FE provider where you are teaching; fully online training from the University of Portsmouth (graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for its teacher training provision); or blended learning that combines the two.


To get a feel for teaching in Further Education, you can complete a set of six online Pre-ITE (Initial Teacher Education) modules. These free workbooks guide you through a series of scenarios and approaches for teaching students aged 16+.

Enhanced Skills

Our programmes are not limited teacher training, we offer a variety of additional support. Through us, you can undertake an Industry Insight placement to enhance your knowledge of specific industries. With a Practitioner Improvement Project Fund of up to £1,000 you can experiment, build and share resources and effective practice – all with the aim of addressing quality improvement in teaching, learning and assessment. All our trainees have professional development that offers wrap-around technical knowledge and skills enhancement. This will keep you up-to-date with the latest technologies used in industry and help you make the best use of remote and online learning to ensure positive outcomes for your students.

For further information, including application details for individuals and interested education providers, download the flyer and contact one of our hubs with any queries:

If you have any queries regarding the current programme, please contact Cerian Ayres.