Information on additional funding to support Skills for Life teacher training
Skills for Life teacher education: creative routes 06/07
‘NRDC is working with two national projects that currently have funds to support teacher education programmes. These are:
- QIA Skills for Life Improvement Programme SfLIP led by CfBT Education Trust
- LLUK Flexible entry routes into the teaching of Skills for Life, led by NRDC.
In broad terms the funds available through these programmes aim to facilitate the route through to fully qualified status for both prospective/new and existing adult literacy, numeracy and ESOL teachers. The QIA programme wishes to maximise the number of teachers achieving qualifications during 2006/2007. The LLUK project wishes to support and evaluate innovative developments in preparation for September 2007, with a particular emphasis on numeracy.
Proposals are invited in three categories:
A: ‘Stand-alone’ Level 4 subject specialist qualifications for teachers of adult literacy, numeracy and ESOL
B: Integrated subject specific initial teacher education programmes for adult literacy, numeracy and ESOL
C: Diploma ‘top-ups’ for ESOL teachers
Programme Development Grants are available to teacher education providers to implement creative solutions. All bids should be for additional funding, to supplement core course funding and to develop features to strengthen and enhance the quality of and access to teacher education programmes.
A Qualification Support Fund also offers a resource to contribute towards course fees, the cost of mentors, APL/APEL where appropriate and, in some circumstances, release or personal/travel costs to enable participation in training. Applications to this fund can be from employers/learning providers, individuals or teacher education providers, but need to represent the needs of teachers working in isolation from other Skills for Life teaching colleagues within the sector, particularly those working in voluntary/community organisations or those working with offenders or the long-term unemployed.’
To access application forms and contact details, go to the NRDC website.