The government has announced the provision of funding to help teachers and special educational needs (SEN) support staff develop their skills.
They will be able to apply to the National Scholarship Fund (NSF), with up to £3,500 being made available to teachers and up to £2,000 for SEN support staff. The training provided through the scheme, which is in its fourth year, is designed to improve the support available to those with special educational needs.
Bursaries made available through the initiative will fund up to 50 per cent of a training or development course.
Charlie Taylor, chief executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: "We believe that a teaching profession that values continual professional development is crucial to raising standards in our schools.
"These scholarships - alongside other reforms to improve teacher recruitment and training - will help deliver our objective to raise the status of teachers."
The NSF enables those in teaching jobs and SEN support staff to increase their specialist knowledge in the area and to renew their passion for teaching.
It aims to facilitate the sharing of learning, knowledge and expertise across the school system and enhance the public perception of teachers as scholars.
Applicants are able to submit bids for funding during the four weeks from April 30th. All applications will be assessed against strict eligibility criteria and will be verified by a panel of experts.
Donna Frost Phillips, a successful applicant from the third round of the fund, was able to take part in a specialist dyslexia training course and she said this is helping to improve the literacy of one of her pupils.
Some £7 million has been made available to date, which has benefited 2,000 teachers and support staff in schools across the UK.
More information, including eligibility criteria and application support, is available on the National Scholarship Website and in the NSF teachers round four handbook.
Posted by Charlotte Michaels