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£25M TO DEVELOP AND RETAIN NEXT GENERATION OF TEACHERS - SCHOOLS STANDARDS MINISTER

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Teachers in their second and third years of teaching will be the ...
Teachers in their second and third years of teaching will be the

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

funding to pilot schemes to support, develop and retain new teachers

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

standards;

- improve teachers' information and communications technology (ICT)

skills; and

- 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

teaching profession.'

NOTES

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

teachers; and

- 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.

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