Education and Training Foundation (ETF)

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The Education and Training Foundation (ETF), established in October 2013, is the expert body for professional development and standards in Further Education and Training in England.

We support teachers and leaders to help them achieve their professional development goals for the benefit of learners and employers across England. In doing so, we help to transform the lives of individuals and communities across the country, unleashing potential and benefitting the economy.

We have a strong relationship with the Department for Education, which recognises our unique expertise and funds many of the programmes we deliver. That support ranges from leadership development through to maths and English enhancement, to Prevent training and digital teaching skills. We also manage professional networks, support recruitment into the sector and provide key data and research.

We are also the guardian of the sector’s Professional Standards and home to the professional membership body for the sector, the Society for Education and Training (SET), whose 20,000 plus members we support. SET is responsible for the awarding of both Qualified Teaching Learning and Skills (QTLS) status and Advanced Teacher Status (ATS).