‘Following the awards of grants and funds earlier in the year, there is now a new opportunity to apply for QIA money. As before, creative approaches for local solutions will have priority. There will be a quick response during July and August so that we can help providers develop programmes and help teachers become qualified.
New Programme Development Grants (PDG) are for providers that enrol candidates by 31 August 2007. Programmes can be subject specialism only (£3000), integrated initial teacher education (£8000) or Diploma top-ups for ESOL teachers (£2000). They can include new groups of teachers as well as proposals to help people complete their qualification. Eligible programmes are:
- Programmes enrolling between 1 May and 31 August 2007
- Programmes that started earlier and are yet to complete but were not part of an application for the first round of PDG.
New Qualification Support Funds (QSF) are for trainee teachers, up to a maximum of £1,000 per person. People enrolled on subject specialist qualifications, integrated initial teacher education and Diploma top-up programmes for ESOL teachers are all included in this offer. Employers or course leaders should apply on behalf of individual trainee teachers, including:
- People who enrol on programmes between 1 May and 31 August 2007
- People who started earlier and are yet to complete but did not apply for support from the first round of QSF.
We especially welcome applications from regions that were under-represented in the first round.
The quick link to all the guidance notes and application forms is: www.nrdc.org.uk/creativeroutes
Alison Wedgbury, Development Officer
National Research and Development Centre for adult literacy and numeracy
T: 020 7911 5354
M: 07786 655707
F: 020 7612 6671