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Teacher Training

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 8 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the Training and Development Agency on ensuring that all teachers have the required skills to provide high quality field courses. (73811)

I have been asked to reply.

Both the existing and proposed standards for teachers have been the subject of considerable discussion between the Department and the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA). Both sets of standards require teachers to demonstrate their skills with reference to out of school contexts.

The Department has co-funded a research project with the Countryside Agency and the Field Studies Council into the extent and nature of training in education outside the classroom (including field studies) in initial teacher training provision. We consulted TDA as part of our preparations for the project.