focus of a£25m pilot scheme to strengthen the skills of the next
generation of teachers, minister for school standards Stephen Timms
announced today. Twelve local education authorities will receive
beyond their induction year.
The scheme, which will start this autumn, is part of the government's
strategy for the continuing professional development (CPD) of
teachers. The aim is to increase teachers' skills and strengthen
longer term commitment to the teaching profession.
The pilot scheme will run for three years and is expected to support
the development of up to 10,000 teachers.
The pilots will look to:
- set up masterclasses and teacher discussion groups on, for
example, lesson planning and dealing with disruptive and challenging
behaviour in the classroom;
- help teachers to observe other teachers at work in the classroom
to identify what teaching methods work best in raising educational
- improve teachers' information and communications technology (ICT)
- encourage mentoring and coaching of individual teachers by more
experienced colleagues beyond the teacher's first year of teaching.
Mr Timms said:
'Teachers are key to raising standards in our schools, and they have
already had an enormous impact on the progress made so far. It is
essential that we give them the support they need to develop their
skills. By investing in this pilot programme we can help teachers in
those vital early years of their careers.
'These pilot projects - in rural, urban and inner city authorities -
will look at the best ways to increase the skills of new teachers and
bring about a career-long commitment to professional development.
Schools, local education authorities and higher education
institutions will work together to ensure teachers have the
opportunity and time to improve their teaching skills.
'We want our new teachers to be confident in their knowledge and
skills - and to raise standards by working with fellow professionals
to identify what works. The benefits of this investment will be felt
not only by their immediate colleagues but also the wider educational
community, as the teachers work with other local schools.
'Our recent consultation on professional development shows teachers
want a clear framework which sets out how best to develop their
talents throughout their career. I'm also pleased to announce that
heads and teachers will be able to receive guidance on creating a
professional development record - a clear and simple record of
achievement and training that teachers can use throughout their
career - at our regional conferences next month.
'Teachers will be at the very heart of a push for higher standards
that will be outlined in the forthcoming White Paper. We recognise
that excellence cannot be achieved without the hard work of teachers,
and these pilots are a reflection of our commitment to developing the
This Press Notice applies to England.
1. The 12 local education authorities receiving a share of the
funding are: Birmingham; Brighton and Hove; Croydon; Cornwall;
Cumbria; Hammersmith and Fulham; Hampshire; Lewisham; Newham; Royal
Borough of Kensington and Chelsea; Stoke-on-Trent; and Wakefield.
2. The government's continuing professional development (CPD)
strategy 'Learning and Teaching' was launched on 1 March 2001 and
included a plan to pilot early professional development initiatives.
The plan was based on advice from the General Teaching Council (GTC)
who argue that professional development of teachers will help:
- improve teacher retention;
- encourage a career-long commitment to professional development by
- support a culture the of professionalism in schools.
3. A total of£25m has been allocated for three years to 2003-4, on
the basis of£2,100 for each teacher in their second year of teaching
and£1,050 for each teacher in their third year. The pilot will be
evaluated throughout its course.
4. The consultation on the Teachers Standards Framework ended on 20
July 2001. The standards framework summarises the main elements in
each of the national standards for teachers under ten dimensions of
teaching and leadership within a school. It shows at a glance how the
expectations of teachers can grow and change at different stages of a
career as they take on different roles within a school. The aim is to
help teachers recognise their existing expertise and achievements as
well as any development needs and help them to plan their career
path. All new and existing professionals will be able to use the
framework to monitor progress and aid the planning of their
professional development. The framework will be available as a
pull-out leaflet and online when it is launched at the first regional
continuing professional development conference on 10 September 2001.
5. Guidance on producing a voluntary professional development
record for teachers called 'Helping you Develop' will also be
available from 10 September 2001. The voluntary, confidential record
will help teachers retain evidence of achievements and of
professional development experiences, which they can take with them
from job to job. The record will provide the opportunity for
self-evaluation and reflection of practice and in planning for the
future. Copies of the guidance will be sent to CPD co-ordinators in
all schools and can be accessed on the CPD website.