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Teachers: Training

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he plans to take to secure recognition of employment-based teacher training programmes in countries outside the European economic area. (138847)

It is not in our gift to secure recognition of employment based teacher training programmes in countries outside the European economic area. However in the light of a range of inquiries from teachers seeking to work in Commonwealth countries, I will be sending a letter to Commonwealth Education Ministers underlining the fact that, irrespective of the route by which teachers are trained—whether undergraduate, post-graduate or school-based—qualified teacher status is conferred only on the basis of rigorous assessment against an agreed set of professional standards.