New grants launched to explore how students could support staff in their use of learning technologies

A new grants programme has been launched for Further Education and training providers, to explore how students and staff can work together in their understanding and use of technologies for learning.

The pilot programme, funded by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and managed by the Strategic Development Network (SDN), will commission four collaborative projects to develop and test models of student-staff partnerships.

Projects will explore what works and how best to build trainer/teacher skill and confidence in the development of student-staff partnerships and in the use of technology to support and enhance learning.

Julie Gibbings-Garrett, Head of Teaching, Learning and Assessment at the ETF, said: “One of the core training priorities, highlighted by 2,300 sector leaders and practitioners earlier this year as part of our Training Needs Analysis, was the need to use digital and new technologies more effectively within teaching and learning. This exciting pilot programme is about trialling new concepts and models - harnessing the digital capability of students to support staff in their use of technology in all aspects of teaching, learning and assessment.”

Applications are open to any FE and training provider to lead a collaborative group of practitioners. The full prospectus and grant application form can be found by visiting the Strategic Development Network website.

Three Briefing and Collaboration webinars will be held on 24 and 30 October to provide an overview of the programme and give delegates an opportunity to start forming project groups.


The deadline for grant applications is Friday, 9 November.

Colin Bentwood, Managing Director of SDN, said: “Technology can be a powerful tool in helping to underpin high-quality teaching, learning and assessment. But the technology used by students is constantly changing, requiring practitioners to be constantly learning, adapting and improving their practice. We’re really excited to be overseeing these new pilots – giving FE and training providers the space to trial innovative approaches, build models of student-staff partnership, and measure its impact on the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.”

Further information

Any questions about the programme or webinars can be directed to SDN by emailing:



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