Teach Too is an Education and Training Foundation development programme which aims to address quality improvement in technical and vocational teaching and learning. The programme also implements Teach Too principles and approaches based on the recommendations of the Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning (CAVTL, 2013) report, aiming to drive excellence in vocational education and training through collaborative arrangements.
The emphasis is on a two-way street- a genuine collaboration between FE sector providers and employers. Encouraging people from industry to spend some time teaching their work. This will enable both a national core and locally tailored element, giving employers a direct involvement in designing, planning and developing vocational programmes.
Teach Too approaches implement the key characteristics on which excellent technical and vocational teaching and learning programmes depend on such as :
- A clear line of sight to work
- ‘Dual Professional’ teachers and trainers who combine occupational and pedagogical expertise and are trusted and given the time to develop partnerships and curricula with employers
- Access to industry-standard facilities and resources reflecting ways in which technology is transferring work
- Clear escalators to higher level vocational learning, developing and combining deep knowledge and skills.
The government’s recent reforms of technical education, outlined in the ‘Post-16 Skills Plan’, have heightened the relevance and importance of initiatives such as Teach Too and collaborations between providers, employers and local infrastructure organisations.
There are examples of the different ways Teach Too is working effectively across the sector and on support available to other’s looking to adopt Teach Too principles. For more information, please visit the ETF Excellence Gateway.