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Student Teachers

Volume 987: debated on Thursday 3 July 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he is satisfied that student teachers are being adequately trained to teach in a multiracial society, and that they are adequately aware of the cultural and linguistic diversity in Great Britain; and if he will make a statement.

The content of courses of initial teacher training is a matter for training institutions and their validating bodies. The impression gained by members of Her Majesty's Inspectorate is of a growing concern on the part of those responsible to ensure that courses pay due attention to the role of teachers in a multicultural society. Her Majesty's Inspectors will continue to encourage institutions and their validating bodies, as opportunity arises, to consider how best this aim may be met.