Round one of the new competitive national scholarships scheme for teachers was launched on 27 June 2011.
The Schools White Paper, ‘The Importance of Teaching’ published on 24th November 2010 announced that a ‘competitive national scholarship scheme would be introduced to support the professional development’ of teachers. The scheme will be administered by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) and will give teachers ‘the opportunity to deepen their subject knowledge and renew the passion which brought them into the teaching profession.
The aims of the scholarship scheme are to:
- encourage serving teachers to pursue knowledge independently to Masters level and beyond making it easier for teachers to access Masters level CPD in their subject area or to access expert seminars
- bring about a culture change to create expectations within the sector about the importance of scholarship throughout a teachers’ career
- share learning, knowledge and expertise across the school system.
Further details of the scheme and copies of the application form and guidance can be accessed through the associated resource on the right hand side of this document.