The Schools White Paper ‘The importance of Teaching’ published on 24 November 2010 announced that a ‘competitive national scholarship scheme would be introduced to support the professional development’ of teachers.

The first round of the scheme was administered by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA), and thereafter by the Teaching Agency, and will give teachers ‘the opportunity to deepen their subject knowledge and renew their passion which brought them into the teaching profession’.

Equal Opportunities monitoring took place at the application stage of the first round of the scheme and this document investigates any possible impact on pupils or teachers.

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  • Description of the policy
  • The evidence base
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Equality analysis
  • Next steps