The New Opportunities programme is now closed and the Department for Education will not accept any new schools wishing to participate in the programme.
This note provides guidance for schools already participating in the programme.
Schools currently participating in the programme which have already created Advanced Skills Teachers (AST) posts will be paid the Department’s share of AST costs for the agreed period. Schools participating in the programme should not engage any new ASTs unless they are in a position to provide funding as these will not be subsidised by this programme.
This provision is now closed to new applicants. Schools have already been advised that no new Handcuffs should be offered to teachers starting later than 31 March 2011. The Department will honour agreed funding commitments.
If you have any enquiries, please contact the Golden Handcuff team by email or call 0870 000 2288.
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