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Diplomas for England

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department is taking to train teachers to deliver the new Diplomas for England programme; and how much is being spent on such training. (134541)

The Department has already put in place a broad programme of support to ensure that those teaching the Diplomas—as well as those who will be leading and supporting the changes—will be well equipped to do so. The Department is working in partnership with the Centre for Excellence in Leadership (CEL), Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK), the National Assessment Agency (NAA), the National College for School Leadership (NCSL), the Quality Improvement Agency (QIA), the Secondary National Strategies (SNS), the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT), and the Training and Development Agency (TDA).

Building on the existing skills of the education workforce, the programme provided by QIA and SSAT includes three days of continuing professional development spread through the 2007/08 academic year for leading Diploma practitioners from each consortium of schools and colleges that will teach Diplomas from 2008. Online materials, a training needs analysis tool, an online community and other resources will supplement this training and encourage collaboration between Diploma-teaching institutions. In future some initial teacher training placements will also be tailored specifically to Diploma teaching.

In the financial year 2007-08 my Department has allocated a total of £45 million for the support of the 14 to 19 workforce development programmes.