International House Trust and IATEFL training award

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International House Trust, in partnership with IATEFL, are offering an annual training award to Teachers’ Association Associates of IATEFL in the developing world.

The award consists of 20 training days delivered in the Teacher Association's own country or region by one (or two) IH Trust teacher trainers.

The aim of the award is to support existing teacher development programmes within IATEFL Associates by providing relevant trainer and teacher training.

Associates applying for the IH Trust and IATEFL Training Award must meet the same eligibility criteria as those existing for the IATEFL Wider Membership Scheme.

International House Trust and IATEFL expect the successful IATEFL Associate to disseminate the training to a broad community of English language teachers in their country or region.

The training can be either a direct teacher training course, or a trainer training course, which it is hoped will lead to a cascade of teacher training at local level.

What training projects might include

Training programmes can be based on a variety of training needs but should demonstrate sustainable outcomes. Training projects might include (but not be limited to) one or more of the following:

  • training to upgrade teachers’ language proficiency
  • training to develop language teaching practice
  • training to help trainers/teachers to develop local materials in under -resourced contexts
  • training to help in assessing learners’ needs, abilities and curriculum demands and developing language teaching practices that respond to these
  • training to encourage and develop innovative practices in teaching specific language skills
  • training that combines any or all of the above

What IH Trust and IATEFL provide

The International House Trust, through IATEFL, will offer to the successful Associate:

  • 20 trainer days paid for by the International House Trust
  • Travel expenses (including flights) to and from the main training location
  • Visa costs and associated expenses; for example, vaccination costs

When training can be provided

The timing of the training can be negotiated to fit in with local needs and schedules. However, the IH Trust trainer provision must be completed by the end of 2016 i.e. any training provision must begin and end in 2016, and cannot be carried over, within this award, to 2017 or later. 

What Teacher Associations must provide

IATEFL Associates applying for this award must have a good local infrastructure able to provide the following:

  • Adequate pre-training briefing between the local Associate and the IH Trust trainer(s)
  • Ability to recruit suitable candidates to attend the training
  • A suitable location for the training sessions
  • Resources and equipment to allow the training sessions to be conducted, within the constraints of what is available locally
  • A safe and secure environment
  • Local accommodation and all local travel of the IH Trust trainers (both of these to be arranged and paid for by the Associate - The IH Trust can fund all or part of this, if the bidding Associate is unable to fully finance this locally. A rationale must be provided, as part of the budget, if IH Trust support is required for these items)
  • A sufficiently established local infrastructure
  • Evidence of existing relationships of the Associate with the Ministry of Education


Associates applying for the IH Trust and IATEFL Training Award must meet the same eligibility criteria as those existing for the IATEFL Wider Membership Scheme.

Application Process

Applicants will need to submit a completed application form and budget spreadsheet by email to Glenda Smart at IATEFL Head Office by September 27th 2015.

The winning Associate will be informed by October 16th 2015.

To bid for this training award, the bidding Associate must fill in the Award application form, providing information on the following items:

  1. A description of your Association including examples of recent activities, including evidence and examples of working relationships with the local Ministry of Education. (300 words)
  2. A rationale for the training, including:
    1. A brief explanation of why this is necessary and how the Associate intends to build on the work of the training programme and the IH Trust trainers in the future. (200 words)
  3. A description of the training including:
    1. A clear indication of the scope of work they would expect from the IH Trust trainers within the training programme (this could include, but is not limited to, trainer training, teacher training or a combination of both)
    2. An indication of the target groups this training would be aimed at, with a rationale for this choice (e.g. a small group of teacher trainers in the first phase leading on to teacher training in more remote areas in later phases). (700 - 1,000 words)
    3. In addition, the Associate must detail the benefits they expect the training programme to bring to their local Associate teachers, including how these benefits will be evaluated
  4. A timescale for the training programme and (where necessary) its different phases, showing where the IH Trust training would fit in.
    1. In addition, the Associate must provide a budget showing how and where the Award will be spent over the duration of the training period(s) See Point 2 in Criteria for acceptance for more information.

Criteria for acceptance

Acceptable applications will have to include the following:

  1. Clear and realistic aims and objectives with evidence of how the training will benefit a broad community of language teachers within the Associate’s country
  2. A clearly outlined budget showing what funding the Associate will be able to generate locally (this could include funding from within the Association, or local sponsors for the provision of venue, stationary, etc) and estimated costs (e.g. in-country travel and accommodation for IH trainer(s)) for IH
  3. Details of the people who will be involved in the setting up and managing of the training. (The people named in this section do not necessarily all have to be Associate members, but there must be clear evidence of past or existing relationships with the Associate. Examples of this could be Ministry of Education staff who have worked with the Associate, or local Head Teachers who currently co-operate with the Associate)
  4. A clearly developed sustainability plan showing how the outcomes of the training will be monitored, evaluated and disseminated beyond the participants directly involved in the training. (This may include plans for cascading training through local workshops as well as reporting on activities to the wider IH Trust and IATEFL community)


IH Trust / IATEFL Training Award application form

IH Trust / IATEFL Training Award budget template form

Applications should be emailed to Glenda Smart at IATEFL Head Office by September 27th 2015.