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New government-backed Institute for Teaching programme launched

07/11/2017 Joanna

The Department for Education has announced the launch of a new teacher training programme called the Institute for Teaching.

The new institution has received government funding to set up bespoke training programmes for teachers, primarily those in the north and central England, including in the parts of the country designated as Opportunity Areas due to their current low levels of social mobility.

Teachers at all stages of their career will be able to receive training through the scheme, including those wishing to become experts in their field, and those wanting to learn the most effective ways to share best practice standards.

The overall aim will be provide clearer and more rewarding career pathways for teachers, addressing areas where fresh investment is most needed, as well as those that are already set up to succeed.

Education secretary Justine Greening said: "I want high-quality professional development to be a fundamental part of a teacher's career and these new programmes - backed by government funding - will give them the skills, confidence and knowledge they need to provide a world-class education for all children."

The funding allocated to the Institute for Teaching will be drawn from the £75 million Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund, which was established to support new programmes to deliver knowledge and skills-based training for teachers.

A total of eight projects have benefited from the fund to date, including programmes focused on leadership, managing challenging pupil behaviour, improving the quality of teaching, and phonics.

Ultimately, the end goal of these efforts is to provide all children attending UK schools with opportunities to achieve their full potential, supported by well-trained teachers.

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