The UK's e-learning industry could well be affected by the government's decision to withdraw its £10 million funding scheme for Teachers TV, the web-based training site for educators around the country. Co-owned by Ten Alps and ITN, the annual contract will be cancelled from April 2011 after initially being due to run until 2013.
According to the Guardian, chief executive of Ten Alps Alex Connock noted that the news was something of a shock, with the company having "no inkling" of the government's plans, but he said he hoped that the site will be able to continue running without the help of Whitehall. "This is an asset which is too good to let go," he remarked, adding that it has great potential as a subscription business and could be adapted for university-level training and international students.
Regarding the development, chief executive of the webpage Clare Healy confirmed that all 4,000 of the programmes will still be available online, ensuring that governors, teaching assistants, tutors and headteachers can access guidance, advice and practical support.