Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment programme
OTLA – apprenticeship standards
Funded by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), the Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA) programme is an opportunity for practitioners to explore, understand and share what outstanding looks like in the context of the new world of apprenticeships.
The introduction of apprenticeship standards, end-point assessment and the new funding regime will require a significant shift in the way teaching, learning and assessment is approached in future. The role of the trainer and assessor is changing, employers are taking a greater lead in the design and delivery of apprenticeships, and the focus is now firmly on achieving competence rather than qualifications.
The grants being made available through this programme (from April 2018) will give practitioners the vital space they need to explore particular changes to their practice, and establish what outstanding looks like.
The programme, overseen by the Strategic Development Network (SDN), will commission 10 grant-funded collaborative projects, focusing on areas of practice that sit under the following themes:
Collaborative approaches to teaching/training, learning and assessment between providers and employers
Curriculum development based on the new standards
Monitoring and assessing the progress of the apprentice
Outstanding technical pedagogy in apprenticeship delivery
Each project group will need to consist of at least 10 practitioners from a range of apprenticeship provider types and/or end-point assessment organisations. Projects will take place between May 2018 and January 2019. The research questions and methods set by each group will be precise and robust, leading to practical outputs that can be shared with the wider sector.
How to apply
The full OTLA grant prospectus and application form can be found below. This includes information on what we are looking for from projects, eligibility criteria, budget and timescales:
Question submissions are now closed. The final Q&A can be found above.
A video briefing, based on the presentation given at the recent OTLA Briefing and Networking events, can be found below. Full details about the programme and application process can be found in the prospectus.