ASCL comment on EPI report into cost of high-quality training for teachers

15/07/2021
Sara Ford, Deputy Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report from EPI showing that giving teachers a formal entitlement to high-quality training and development would only cost the government an extra £210m in funding a year. 
 
Commenting on the report from EPI showing that giving teachers a formal entitlement to high-quality training and development would only cost the government an extra £210m in funding a year, Sara Ford, Deputy Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“The time is right for all staff working in education in England, not just teachers, to be given a welcome entitlement to high-quality continual professional development (CPD) as part of their employment.
 
“As we emerge from the significant disruption caused by the pandemic, the EPI report demonstrates that the government could invest in staff without breaking the bank and prompt significant benefits in terms of pupil attainment, whilst boosting earnings and encouraging more staff to stay in education.
 
“Whilst any increase in funding would be welcomed, it is important that school staff get the appropriate CPD for their own circumstances and that this is not micro-managed by government by making funding available for approved programmes only. Schools are best placed to quality assure provision.
 
“The variance in spending on CPD is one symptom of the inconsistency of funding across the country and this needs to be addressed so that all schools and colleges receive per pupil funding that allows them to invest in high-quality training. 
 
“CPD should not be seen as an additional cost but as an investment in the education staff of this country and we urge the government to take the EPI’s findings on board and give them a timely boost as they tackle the significant task of education recovery.”