Teacher Development Fund

In June 2016, PHF launched the Teacher Development Fund, with an annual budget of £1,000,000. The aim of the fund is to support teachers across the UK, who wish to deliver effective arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in the primary classroom.

We aim to build teachers’ skills, knowledge, confidence and interconnectedness to maximise the impact of arts for young people. Our focus is on school-based projects with an emphasis on:

  • primary schools;
  • working with disadvantaged and/or vulnerable children;
  • learning through the arts (although there may be elements of learning in the arts);
  • promoting effective partnerships between schools and arts/cultural practitioners and organisations;
  • the contributions of school leaders and arts practitioners as both professional learners and as supporters of embedding learning through the arts in the curriculum;
  • supporting professional development and learning via evidence-informed approaches.

In order to understand better the context of teacher continuing professional development and learning (CPDL) across the UK, and to ensure funding is used as effectively as possible, PHF has launched the first year of funding as a pilot. Seven pilot grants have been made to consortia of organisations from across the four home nations. Strategic players such as the British Council, Creative Scotland, Education Scotland and the RSA are involved, alongside well known arts and cultural organisations such as the Royal Shakespeare Company and IntoFilm, as well as arts and education specialists such as ArtsConnect, Cape UK, Creativity, Culture and Education and 5x5x5 = creativity. Over 70 schools will be partners, with one – Hotspur Primary in Newcastle – leading their consortium.

Throughout the pilot phase, we will be working with The Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (Curee) to support our collective reflection, with the pilot grantees, on emerging findings in order to inform future decisions about how to operate the Fund in the future.

We anticipate an update on what the Fund will likely look like after this pilot in the first quarter of 2017. In the meantime, all funding for 2016 has been allocated. If you are seeking funding for work that supports high quality arts-based learning in schools, which may or may not include teacher professional development, please look at the pages on our arts-based learning funds.

If you would like to register your interest in the Fund please email Yemisi Turner-Blake, Grants Assistant – yturner-blake@phf.org.uk