29 July 2009

Science Additional Specialism Programme

The School Teachers’ Incentive Payments (England) Order 2009, SI 2009 No 1974 provides that,

"[a] lump sum payment made by an authority or the governing body of a school maintained by an authority to a school teacher on taking up or remaining in a relevant post, in consideration of the teacher’s successful completion of a relevant course and attainment of 40 credits at honours level in respect of accredited modules which form part of that course, is not to be treated as remuneration for the purpose of section 122(1) of the Education Act 2002."

All very well ... but what's it for?

Well, it is a lump sum payment for teachers, which they can obtain if they complete some of their continuing professional development.

The Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) explains,

"The new Science Additional Specialism Programme (SASP) enables teachers without an A-level qualification or an initial teacher training (ITT) specialism in physics or chemistry, to teach these subjects more effectively."

Good idea so far, they also say,

"The course is designed to develop participants’ subject and pedagogical knowledge and help them teach physics or chemistry to learners aged 11-19 with more confidence, expertise and enthusiasm.

The course is free for participants and the TDA will fund supply cover for participating schools. Teachers meeting eligibility criteria (including the achievement of 40 credits at H level) will receive a £5,000 incentive on completion of their course.

So that's where the £5,000 comes into it.

Who's eligible? From the TDA again,

"Applicants must:

* be teaching physics or chemistry to learners aged 11-19 in schools


Applicants must not:

* be graduates of physics or chemistry


So, if you've worked hard and obtained a degree in the subject that you're teaching to 11 - 19 year olds, no £5,000 for you.

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