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Languages: Primary Education

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 15 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what minimum level of qualification is required to teach a modern foreign language in a primary school. (164422)

To teach in a primary school as a qualified teacher it is necessary to have gained qualified teacher status via one of the undergraduate, postgraduate or employment-based routes into teaching. It will be for the head teacher to decide whether a teacher has the necessary knowledge and experience for a particular role in the school.

The law also allows unqualified teachers to work as instructors when they have a specific skill or knowledge, where a qualified teacher is not available and again where the head teacher is satisfied that this person is able to properly fulfil this role.