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NEW VISION FOR TEACHERS

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Teachers are to have their own dedicated TV channel for the first ...
Teachers are to have their own dedicated TV channel for the first

time under plans announced by school standards minister David

Miliband.

The channel will be editorially independent from the government and

run by a third party supplier. It will aim to support people who work

in schools - providing training and development, resources, tips and

best practice.

It is also intended to be helpful to all people who work in schools

including heads, governors, teaching assistants and budget managers.

The satellite and cable channel will broadcast for 18 hours a day to

viewers in their own homes. More than 50 per cent of its content is

expected to be new programmes - specially tailored to meet the needs

of its target audience.

The channel will deliver three types of programming:

- Classroom resources (Ideas and plans for lessons)

- Training and development materials (Improving the skills of the

schools workforce)

- Latest news and developments that affect the education sector as

whole

Welcoming plans for the channel, Mr Miliband said:

'This is an innovative and exciting proposition for teachers. It will

provide unique support for people who work in schools and will bring

useful information together in one place to save time and add value.

'Research shows that teachers are likely to tune into the channel

during work planning and development time. Therefore it should help

to cut down their workload, as well as support them in raising

standards - key aims of this government.'

The format of Teachers' TV (TTV)** has been developed through

consultation with teachers to make programmes relevant and useful.

The Invitation to Tender documentation has now been published,

inviting broadcasters, producers and other potential providers of the

channel, requirements to bid for the pilot. This will be a regulated

tender process, designed to deliver value for money to the Department

for Ed ucation and Skills.

NOTES

1. The tender process for the supply of TTV has now begun. Those

interested in bidding will be sent Invitation to Tender documentation

enabling them to assemble a bid. Interested organisations can

register to receive the documentation at www.dfes.gov.uk/ttv

2. A decision on who will run the pilot is expected by the autumn.

The pilot phase will run for three months and if successful, a full

channel launch will follow in early 2004.

3. The estimated budget for TTV is not currently being released. This

is to avoid compromising the Department's search for value for money

in their procurement process. The value of the contract will be

disclosed once it has been awarded.

4. An estimated 50 per cent of teachers already have Digital TV in

the home - a proportion that exceeds the average penetration of DTV

in the UK.

5. The channel will be aimed at target viewers in England, with

viewers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland able in some cases to

view the channel.

6. **Teachers' TV is a working title for the channel. Once a supplier

has been recruited, the launch title will be developed in conjunction

with them.

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