The TES reports that figures from the Education and Training Foundation show a lack of further training – with part-time and casual staff missing out.
Almost two-thirds of FE teachers do not spend any time at all on CPD, according to the Further Education Workforce Data for England report, published by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and exclusively revealed in Tes today.
The report, which is based on Staff Individualised Record (SIR) data from 102 colleges and a number of providers, says that, in 2015-16, the average FE teacher spent 15 hours a year on CPD. But that average masks the fact that 60 per cent reported spending no time at all on that kind of formal training.
UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said it was vital that teachers were supported to refresh their skills and share knowledge during their careers, so they could remain up to date with industrial and pedagogical developments.
David Powell, director of the Education and Training Consortium of higher education and FE teacher-training providers, led by the University of Huddersfield, said: “Initial teacher training is just that. It starts people on a journey. It needs to be followed up by a comprehensive, sustained development programme. The figures do not seem to suggest that.”
He added: “What I know from some CPD we have been running is that it is increasingly difficult for people to get release for external training. But what about internal development?”
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