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News from the DfE – The National Scholarship Fund continues for a third year

News from the DfE – The National Scholarship Fund continues for a third year

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Teachers and special educational needs (SEN) support staff will be able to bid for funds from the scheme worth up to £2 million to deepen their subject knowledge and develop their skills.

For the third year running, teachers can bid for up to £3500. For the second year, SEN staff can bid for up to £2000.

The application window, which opens for three weeks from 8 April, will offer funding to teachers in the four priority subjects of English, mathematics, science and SEN.

Charlie Taylor, Chief Executive of the Teaching Agency, said the continuation of the scheme, which was introduced in 2011, proves how important it is to create a world-class teaching profession through continual professional development.

Charlie Taylor said:

Having a teaching profession that is committed to professional development is crucial to raising standards in our schools – as well as raising the status of teachers.

These scholarships identify talented professionals and help give them the opportunity to develop their specialist knowledge further, so that they can progress in their careers, and pass their knowledge on to their pupils.

The scheme also reflects the Government’s commitment to provide funding for teachers who educate children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson said:

We’re overhauling provision for children with special educational needs, so that they get more comprehensive support. Teachers who take this opportunity to extend their skills will help give children with special educational needs the best possible start in life.

The outcome of the third round of scholarships will be announced on 22 August 2013. The awards will be made on the recommendation of an expert panel of eminent educationalists who will verify the assessment of applications.

 Find out more on the DfE website

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