We have had lots of queries around the timing of recruitment on Strand 1 and what we can and cannot fund.
The grant award is intended to help overcome the recruitment challenges currently faced in FE technical teaching and to provide high quality in-year support that is sufficient to retain those new teachers once in post. Please note that the assessment criteria stipulates that strong applications will have very clear plans in place to show how applicants will recruit, support and train their new trainees. If teachers have already been recruited to positions before grant funding is awarded, then those plans won’t be evidenced. Plans also need to demonstrate how industry technical experts will be recruited to hard-to-fill vacancies. Again, if trainees have already been recruited, then this won’t be evidenced or demonstrated within the application. Therefore applications should not contain any planned activity or budget spend until the grant award notice is made (week commencing 24 September)
Strand 2 Funding:
We are also receiving questions around when activity can start on Strand 2. As with Strand 1, planned activity and budget spend should not begin until after the grant award notification which will be week commencing 24 September. We cannot provide retrospective funding, so please ensure your project activity is due to commence in alignment with the date schedule outlined in the Taking Teaching Further guidance.
The Taking Teacher Further programme is a national initiative to attract experienced industry professionals with expert technical knowledge and skills to work in Further Education. This Department for Education-funded initiative will be managed on its behalf of by the Education and Training Foundation who have also played a key role in the programme’s development.
The programme will initially run for two years to test how best to encourage and support experienced industry professionals from key sectors into FE teaching, full or part-time, and to support an ongoing exchange between FE and industry so that students can gain the knowledge and skills that employers need.
The focus will be on priority sectors, including the first T Level routes, and a fund of up to £5m will be available through a competitive process. The programme is divided into two strands: one to provide financial support for up to 150 industry experts to become FE teachers, covering the course costs of teacher training as well as support and mentoring; and another to support up to 40 innovative and scalable projects that help develop local partnerships and collaborations.
The programme is open to all Further Education providers and has five long-term aims to:
The programme is made up of two strands:
The closing date for applications is: 12 noon on 27 July 2018
If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Sam Antill via Takingteachingfurther@etfoundation.co.uk or call 020 3740 8280.