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. 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.

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.”

Apply for the SET for Teaching Success programme

For further information, including application details for individuals and interested education providers, please visit the following websites:

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

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


Chis Fairclough, Lecturer in Nuclear Plant and Academic Lead for Degree Apprenticeships (Nuclear), Lakes College and the National College for Nuclear







Rob Long, Lecturer in Engineering, Southport College







Isaiah Oga, Engineering Lecturer, Blackburn College







Ellie Bennett, Civil Engineering Lecturer at Stephenson College







Rachel Manoharan, Mechanical Engineering Lecturer at Derby College