The Institute for Teaching, a new specialist graduate school for teachers was officially launched in Salford on Thursday 2nd November 2017 by Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Education.

“It is an honour to launch the Institute for Teaching and see first-hand how thousands of teachers will benefit from these new training opportunities. We want to ensure every child can reach their potential, wherever they are growing up and great teachers are at the heart of this.

“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 organisation has been founded by a group of schools to address a growing need to dramatically improve the training and development of qualified teachers. Research conducted by the Institute shows that schools spend over £1bn each year on teacher training and development but most of it isn’t helping teachers to get better.

Director Matt Hood, says:

“Having an expert teacher in every classroom is the best way to make sure that every pupil, regardless of their background, gets a great education. But teaching is complex – becoming an expert isn’t easy. To improve teaching, we have to improve the training teachers get because most of what’s out there isn’t helping them to get better. Working with our partners, we’re trying to change that.”

Unlike existing programmes, courses are practice based and heavily focused on teaching as a performance. Curriculum designers have drawn on the training given to elite professionals in the worlds of sport and the armed forces and used those principles to create a rigorous suite of courses aimed at those wishing to become experts at what they do in the classroom.

Dean of the Institute, Marie Hamer:

“We have pulled together some of the best minds who all believe that teachers deserve as much effort to go into their training as they put into their teaching. That’s why, at the Institute for Teaching, we are doing things differently – re-thinking teacher education and providing a progression pathway to expertise that is taught by a faculty of expert teacher educators.”

Leading figures from across the education sector and beyond attended the launch at Oasis Academy Media City in Salford where applications for the following courses were officially opened:

Masters in Expert Teaching: A practice-based programme aimed at teachers who are keen develop advanced teaching techniques and in turn, improve outcomes for their pupils.

Fellowship in Teacher Education: A course designed to enable experienced teachers to become teacher educators who are able to help other teachers to keep getting better.

Transforming Teaching: A programme funded by the Department for Education’s Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund which focuses on supporting school leaders to improve their expertise in developing the teachers in their schools.

As well as backing from central government The Institute for Teaching is being incubated by Ark Ventures, CEO Lucy Heller:

“Ark Ventures supports organisations that have the potential to deliver widespread change in education and society. We’re proud to include The Institute for Teaching in this family alongside other great ventures like Ambition School Leadership, Frontline, Mathematics Mastery and Now Teach.”

A range of philanthropic organisations have also given their backing; including Big Change, their Founder Holly Branson says:

“At Big Change we partner with innovative and pioneering organisations that look to bring about impactful, long term system change to help young people in the UK thrive in life not just exams.  Our work with the Institute for Teaching aims to do just that.”

Courses are being delivered where the need is greatest and where the impact will be highest. This includes Greater Manchester, Birmingham, Bradford, Hasting, Portsmouth and London.

Click here for more details on how to apply www.ift.education/courses