Education and Training Foundation to receive £23m from government

25th May 2016 at 12:12
David Russell Education and Training Foundation
ETF chief executive insists grant allocation is 'terrific news' as plans to expand membership body are unveiled

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) will receive just under £23 million in government funding for 2016-17, it has been revealed.

The organisation yesterday published its grant letter, which sets out that the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Bis) and the Department for Education (DfE) will provide a grant of up to £22,934,000.

Although this represents a 16 per cent reduction from the £27,300,000 it received in 2015-16, ETF chief executive David Russell (pictured) said the announcement was "terrific news" for teachers and leaders in FE.

“At a time when post-16 education spending is tightly constrained, it is excellent that Bis and DfE have recognised the vital importance of continuing central investment in supporting quality in the profession," he added.

'Workforce development'

A key theme over the coming year for the foundation will be supporting “individual and organisational effectiveness” during structural change in the sector, Mr Russell said. “Good workforce development and planning are key. We will help organisations to retain their focus on excellence in their teaching and training.”

Mr Russell said the ETF had ambitions to expand the Society for Education and Training to 20,000 members by March 2017 and was continuing to develop QTLS status as a voluntary recognition of professionalism and career development.

In the grant letter, skills minister Nick Boles said the work of the ETF continued to play an important part in improving the quality of further education for learners of all ages and helping to make progress towards this government’s ambitions for creating a rigorous and responsive skills system.

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