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Primary Education: Teachers

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 23 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the minimum qualifications to (a) enter training to become and (b) take up employment as a teacher in a primary school are; and if he will make a statement. (201132)

In order to enter an initial teacher training programme, trainee primary teachers must have at least a grade ā€˜Cā€™ or equivalent in GGSE maths, English and a science subject. Initial teacher training providers will typically also set additional requirements for entry to initial teacher training courses such as A-levels, NVQs or work experience. In order to enter a postgraduate course, trainee teachers must also have a degree. This also applies to the employment-based routes into teaching; with the exception of the Registered Teacher Programme which requires that trainees have completed two years (240 CATS) of higher education.

In order to take up employment as a teacher in a primary school, a primary teacher should have successfully completed a course of initial teacher training and been awarded qualified teacher status, having met the standards required of a skilled teacher. Regardless of the route, a first degree or an equivalent and passing the professional skills tests in numeracy, literacy and information communication technology are also requirements for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS).

These requirements reflect a belief that all teachers should have a good standard of knowledge in the core subjects and that teaching is a job towards which our best and brightest young people should aspire. They also give parents confidence in the knowledge and competence of the teachers educating their children.