DfE announces new training opportunities for thousands of teachers

The DfE announced a £75m Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund which aims to skills and knowledge-based training to teachers

The multi-million pound professional development fund – which is intended to provide teachers with additional training – was announced by the Education Secretary announced September 14.

Six leading organisations – including the Teacher Development Trust, Teach First and the Institute of Physics – will share almost £17m as part of the government’s drive to support and spread great teaching and address the growing shortage of teachers at in both primary and secondary phases.

The focus is on increasing existing teachers’ skills, confidence and knowledge in a range of areas including leadership and phonics and early reading, as well as sharing best practice in the teaching of science, technology, engineering and maths and the creation of five professional development excellence hubs across the country.

The proposed hubs – which are planned for Blackpool, Birmingham, Northumberland, Sheffield, Stoke-on-Trent and West Sussex – will support individual schools in developing and retaining the high-quality staff they need.

Education Secretary Justine Greening said:

“We want to ensure every young person can reach their potential, regardless of their background or where they are growing up, and great teachers are at the heart of this.

This new fund proves our commitment to creating a culture of high-quality ongoing professional development throughout a teacher’s career.

I hope that thousands of teachers across the country will benefit and I’m particularly pleased that we are targeting the schools where it is needed most.

Many of the programmes announced today will also have a focus in the 12 Opportunity Areas announced by the Education Secretary last year. This will be a further boost for families living in those areas, identified as social mobility ‘coldspots’.”

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