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Supply Teachers

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance his Department issues to schools on the required qualifications for supply teachers in secondary schools; and whether this guidance has changed in the last 12 months. (99482)

Guidance on checks on supply teachers was placed on Teachernet in September 2004, headed Checks on Supply Teachers Updated Guidance (09/04) (at It points out that the same checks and qualifications are required for all teachers, whether supply or not. It will be replaced as part of revised guidance which was issued for consultation in the summer. The consultation closed on 12 October, and the revised guidance is planned for issue shortly. In addition Guidance on Induction is provided to schools which includes guidance on how teachers doing supply work can complete induction. (This is on teachernet at This has not changed in the last 12 months.