Taking Teaching Further

The Taking Teaching Further programme is a national initiative to attract experienced industry professionals with expert technical knowledge and skills to work in Further Education (FE).

This Department for Education-funded initiative is managed on its behalf by the Education and Training Foundation who also played a key role in the programme’s development. It was launched in June 2018 with three rounds of funding having been successfully completed between 2018 and 2021, find out more information about Round 1Round 2 and Round 3 of the programme.

On Thursday 21 January, the Department for Education announced a fourth round of Taking Teaching Further.  

Round 4 is running from April 2021 to July 2023 and will continue to offer FE providers support with the funding towards new recruits undertaking a Level 5 teaching qualification, receiving intensive support such as paired teaching, mentoring or work shadowing, as well as a reduced teaching workload in the first year of teaching.  

The focus of this support is on supporting FE providers to recruit people with industry experience to retrain as FE teachers in teaching positions across any of the 15 technical teaching routes. Taking Teaching Further Round 4 funding is available for all FE providers with two routes to access the programme depending on provider type.  

For more information, visit Round 4 webpage or see Round 4 Prospectus (accessible version).

Route 1

Route 1 of the programme is open to all FE Colleges and Sixth Form Colleges in England (colleges). Places will be made available to all colleges on a draw-down basis. 

The take-up of the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) places on Route 1 is subject to individuals meeting the participation criteria outlined in the programme guidance documents. 

For more information, visit Route 1 webpage or see Route 1 Programme Guidance.

Route 2

Route 2 of the programme is open to all independent training providers, employer led providers, third sector training providers, local authority providers, adult and community learning providers, 16-19 academy converters and university technical colleges. These places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

The take-up of the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) places on Route 2 is subject to individuals meeting the participation criteria outlined in the programme guidance documents. 

For more information, visit Route 2 webpage or see Route 2 Programme Guidance.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact the Taking Teaching Further team at takingteachingfurther@etfoundation.co.uk.