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Agency Teachers

Volume 227: debated on Wednesday 23 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what action he is taking to ensure that teachers recruited through commercial teacher recruitment agencies are properly vetted by the police prior to their taking up their teaching posts; and if he will make a statement;(2) what steps he is taking to inform head-teachers recruiting agency teachers about the status of overseas teachers with respect to their qualifications; and if he will make a statement.

The Department is currently consulting other Government Departments with a view to preparing a code of practice for teacher employment agencies and detailed guidelines to schools on the employment of teachers through agencies.