time under plans announced by school standards minister David
run by a third party supplier. It will aim to support people who work
in schools - providing training and development, resources, tips and
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
- Latest news and developments that affect the education sector as
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.
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