Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (English)


The Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (English) collaborative development programme aims to systematically improve the teaching, learning and assessment of English. The programme will enable groups of education and training providers to access collaborative development grants worth up to £15,000 for each project. 


A team led by ccConsultancy in partnership with That Reading Thing and Skills for Life Network has secured funding from the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) to support collaborative development projects that focus on approaches to teaching English. This is a national programme, supported by a team of national experts in Post-16 English.

The programme will enable groups of education and training providers to access collaborative development grants. Partnerships of learning providers will work with each other to develop and share approaches for ensuring outstanding practice across a full range of contexts and topics. These projects will be informed by relevant practice-based research and will lead to improved practice, demonstrable through enhanced learner outcomes.

ESFA-funded providers are invited to submit applications to be included in one of the collaborative projects. Funding, worth up to £15,000 for each project, is available to cover the release of staff and travel expenses. An additional package of support (managed by the OTLA programme team) will cover coaching / mentoring, CPD and dissemination costs.

Funding is available for a maximum of ten sector-led collaborative projects. The themes of the projects will be determined by the sector, but the ETF would like to encourage projects and activity that focus on approaches to teaching English that solve current challenges in teaching, learning and assessment and that enhance attainment, retention and progression for learners. Project themes could include:

  • Spelling and reading using phonics
  • Developing speaking and listening
  • Developing reading and writing
  • Working with learners to use assessment for learning to encourage progress and plan for learning 
  • Developing resilience through teaching and learning
  • Meeting individual learners' needs
  • Creating a reading culture
  • Developing new teaching strategies for improving English

More information and how to apply

Organisations wishing to submit proposals for funding should read the guidance document before completing the online application form. The guidance document and application form can be accessed here. This form is designed for single organisations to apply to be included in one of the projects. The OTLA team will select organisations to form project teams based on size, geography and common themes. The form must be completed and submitted by midnight on 29th April 2019.

If you have any questions about the application process please e-mail us at otla@ccconsultancy.co.uk.


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