She said: “We are delighted that the Government has finally listened and is planning to give additional funds to help further education colleges develop the knowledge and skills of their staff. ATL has fought long and hard for funding for professional development of further education teachers.
“This additional money comes not a moment too soon because the FE sector is on the brink of huge changes with the introduction of T-levels between 2019 and 2022. Highly trained FE staff will be vital to help learners develop the skills necessary to support a strong post-Brexit economy.
“Colleges will require much more funding to deliver what the Government is asking of them, but this is a welcome step in the right direction.”
Note to editors:
- The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) is an independent, registered trade union and professional association, representing approximately 170,000 teachers, headteachers, lecturers and support staff in maintained and independent nurseries, schools, sixth form, further and higher education colleges and universities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- ATL exists to help members, as their careers develop, through first rate research, advice, information and legal advice, and to work with government and employers to defend its members’ pay, conditions and career development.
- ATL is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and Education International (EI). ATL is not affiliated to any political party and seeks to work constructively with all the main political parties.