IfL – The Institute for Learning – Supporting new teachers: grants for initial teacher training

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Supporting new teachers: grants for initial teacher training

Following extensive discussions with the department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), IfL will be administering government grants to offset the cost of initial teacher training (ITT) for teachers who are studying a part-time, 'in-service', Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) from September 2010.

Further education (FE) providers will be able to claim a flat rate, non means tested, grant of £400 per individual teacher or trainer through IfL for those who are IfL members. The current agreement is valid only for the 2010-11 financial year.

Lee Davies, IfL's deputy chief executive said, “IfL is looking forward to working with BIS, colleges and learning providers to support the development of new teachers and trainers to the sector over the coming year. Development of frontline staff in the further education and skills sector is critical in the current economic climate.”

Further details about the programme will be published in the employers' area as they become available. To see if you are eligible, look at our quick questions below.

For more information contact fitt@ifl.ac.uk

Are you eligible? Quick questions

1. How much is the grant?

Further education (FE) providers will be able to claim a flat rate, non means tested, grant of £400 per individual teacher or trainer through IfL for those who are IfL members.

2. Where has the money come from?

The funds have been made available by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) by the phasing out of 'golden hellos' and further targeting of bursaries. This aims to mitigate the potential impact of the changes to student support available to trainee teachers undertaking part-time Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses that were announced in June 2009 and due to take effect in September 2010. The grant is a result of BIS' consultation with a range of stakeholders including main employer representative bodies.

3. Am I eligible for this grant?

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a current member of IfL
  • Must not already hold an initial teaching qualification, except where undertaking the skills for life additional diploma
  • The ITT course must be Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS), Skills for Life integrated DTLLS or the additional diploma, or PGCE/Cert Ed (in lifelong learning) and be undertaken part time ‘in service’
  • The ITT course must commence in the academic year 2010/11 (subject to the outcome of the government comprehensive spending review)
  • Your employer must be a further education college or FE provider in England, funded by the Skills Funding Agency (LSC’s successors), in the case of the latter, you must be teaching on a SFA funded provision.

4. How do I claim the grant?

The grant must be claimed through your employer (providing they fit the eligibility criteria). A designated person/s from your organisation will need to register as an employer contact; registration will be available in the employers’ area from late September 2010.  Once registered they will be able to claim the grant on your behalf, as a reimbursement to your course fees.

5. When can I claim the grant?

Your employer will be able to make a claim from late September 2010, the grant will be paid as a reimbursement to fees already paid and therefore cannot be claimed in advance.

6. Is there a deadline for applications?

The current agreement with BIS is valid only from 1 September 2010 and for the 2010-11 financial year (until 31 March 2011), Future funding decisions will be subject to the government comprehensive spending review announcement in October 2010.  Early application is recommended.

7. How will the funds be paid?

The grant will be paid directly to your employer within 30 days of application.

8. My employer is not funding my course fees. If they claim the grant on my behalf how will I get the funds?

Once your employer has claimed the grant for your course fees, how they then choose to pass the money onto you is an internal decision that you should discuss directly with your employer.

9. Does my employer have to be a further education employer?

Your employer must be a regulated further education college, or a further education employer in receipt of Skills Funding Agency (SFA) funding. In the case of the latter, eligible employees must be teaching on a SFA funded provision. 

10. Are the Armed Forces, Police, NHS eligible to claim the grant?

Yes, but only those teaching on a Skills Funding Agency (SFA) funded provision and who also meet the other eligibility criteria (see Q3).

11. I work for a private training company, am I eligible for this grant?

If your employer is a further education employer in receipt of Skills Funding Agency (SFA) funding, and you teach on a SFA funded provision, then yes you are eligible for this grant.  Your employer can claim for you, providing you meet the full criteria (see Q3).

12. I am starting on the second year of DTLLS, PGCE or Cert Ed (in lifelong learning), am I eligible for the grant?

Teachers who are entering their second year of ITT in September 2010 will continue on previous student arrangements, therefore are not eligible to claim funding towards the course.

13. I have been accepted straight onto the second year of DTLLS, PGCE or Cert Ed (in lifelong learning) by Accredited Prior Learning (APL), am I eligible for the grant?

Yes. If you are starting straight onto the second year of the ITT course through APL from September 2010, you will be eligible for the grant providing you meet all the other eligibility criteria (see Q3).

14. If I am not eligible is there any other funding I can claim?

You should contact Student Finance England to see if you are eligible for any other funding, details can be found on the Directgov website.

15. I have completed my initial teacher training and am now undertaking the additional diploma (ESOL, Literacy, Numeracy) as a stand alone qualification, will I qualify for the grant?

Yes. If you are undertaking the stand alone additional diploma from September 2010 you are eligible for the grant, providing you meet all the other eligibility criteria (see Q3).

16. I am starting a Preparing to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) course, am I eligible for the grant?

No. PTLLS is not covered in the grant as it is a preparing to teach course and does not lead to a full teaching qualification.

17. I am starting a Certificate to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS) course, am I eligible for the grant?

No. CTLLS is not covered in the grant as it leads to an associate teaching role.

18. What is considered as an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) qualification?

An ITT qualification is a level 5(+) DTLLS or Cert Ed / PGCE.  PTLLS is not an ITT qualification, because this is about preparing to teach in lifelong learning.

19. I have already completed CTLLS, and am going on to do DTTLS, am I eligible for the grant?

Yes. If you do not already hold a level 5(+) ITT qualification such as DTLLS, then you are eligible for the grant, as long as you also fulfil the rest of the eligibility criteria (see Q3).

20. To receive the grant do I need to be a member of IfL?

Yes, only current IfL members are eligible for this grant.

21. I am teaching through an agency and wish to undertake DTLLS part time, am I eligible for this the grant?

No. Agency staff are not eligible for the grant as you need to be on a direct contract of employment with an FE college or SFA funded employer.

22. I am a self employed tutor, am I eligible for the grant?

No. Self employed tutors are not eligible for the grant as you need to be on a direct contract of employment with an FE college or SFA funded employer.

23. I am on a teaching placement undertaking DTTLS / PGCE or Cert Ed (in lifelong learning), am I eligible for the grant?

No. As placement students are not on a direct contact of employment and are pre-service, you are not eligible for the grant.  To be eligible you have to be in service and fulfil the full eligibility criteria (see Q3).

24. I am a volunteer teacher, am I eligible for the grant?

Yes. Volunteer teachers are eligible for the grant providing you have a written agreement of your volunteer work with the employer for whom you are volunteering with, the employer must be a FE college or SFA funded employer, and you must be teaching (voluntarily) on a SFA funded provision. You will also need to meet the rest of the eligibility criteria (see Q3).

25. My employer has registered with IfL but says I am not showing up on the employer record, why would this be?

Have you renewed your membership for 2010/11?  If not then your employer will not be able to claim the grant for you. To renew your membership, login to your member record as soon as possible.

If you have renewed, then please login to you membership record to check that your employer details are up to date.

If you are unable to login to check your details, or need assistance renewing your membership, please contact enquires on 0844 815 3202 or email enquiries@ifl.ac.uk

26. I already have a PGCE, but wish to undertake DTLLS, will I be able to get the grant for this?

No, if you already hold an ITT qualification and therefore fulfil The Further Education Teachers’ Qualifications (England) Regulations 2007, you are not eligible for this grant.

27. Who can I contact if I have a query?

You can contact the membership team on 0844 815 3202 where an advisor will be able to assist or direct you to the appropriate department.

By email

For queries on the ITT grant:  fitt@ifl.ac.uk

For queries on membership: enquiries@ifl.ac.uk

For queries on the employers’ area: employers@ifl.ac.uk

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