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Teachers: Qualifications

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he plans to raise the minimum standards required to teach in the state-funded sector. (154522)

We have recently reviewed and revised the complete suite of professional standards required of qualified teachers. These began to operate from 1 September 2007 and can be seen at:

http://www.tda.gov.uk/partners/ittstandards.aspx?keywords=qts+standards

The new standards clarify the professional characteristics that a teacher should be expected to maintain and to build on at different career stages, and apply equally to experienced teachers and those in training.