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Physical Education: Teachers

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many hours of physical education training the Youth Sport Trust recommends during initial teacher training to meet the Government's school sport public service agreement target. (189591)

[holding answer 26 February 2008]: I am not aware of any recommendation the Youth Sport Trust has made about primary initial teacher training. In any event, neither this Department nor the Training and Development Agency for Schools prescribe the content for courses of initial teacher training or the time that should be spent on particular components of it. Training providers have discretion over this, but the outcome of their course must be that trainees are, on completion, able to demonstrate the various standards the Secretary of State has set out for awarding of Qualified Teacher Status.