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Teachers: Qualifications

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he plans to take towards the introduction of the masters in teaching and learning qualification; what estimate he has made of the cost of introducing the qualification; and if he will make a statement. (199383)

Plans for the introduction of a masters in teaching and learning for teachers were set out in ‘Being the Best for our Children: Releasing Talent for Teaching and Learning’ on 7 March. Our aim is that over time the qualification should be open to all teachers, and our expectation is that every teacher will want to complete it at some stage in their career. We propose to begin by targeting the masters mainly on teachers in the first five years of their careers, building on initial teacher training and induction. The Training and Development Agency for Schools has been asked to start developing the programme. Initially £30 million has been set aside for the programme in the current spending review period.