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Languages: Teachers

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what minimum level of foreign language qualification is required for a teacher to teach foreign languages to (a) GCSE and (b) A-level. (201107)

The Standards for trainee teachers do not set a minimum level of foreign language qualification for a teacher to teach foreign languages to GCSE or A-level. In order to take up employment as a teacher, a trainee should have successfully completed a course of initial teacher training, met all of the standards required of a skilled teacher, including passing the professional skills tests in numeracy, literacy and information and communications technology and been awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

All qualified teachers in England must have a first degree or equivalent qualification but this does not have to be in a specified subject or discipline. The Standards include a requirement that trainees have a secure knowledge and understanding of their subjects to enable them to teach effectively across the age and ability range for which they are trained. Trainees are required to meet all of the Standards, including the subject expectations, before QTS can be awarded.