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Teachers: Career Structure

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what plans he has to enhance continuing professional development opportunities for teachers; and if he will make a statement. (201045)

Ongoing engagement in effective Continuing Professional Development (CPD) that makes a positive difference to teachers' effectiveness is essential if we are to achieve our aim of a world class work force.

Working with Social Partners and the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) we will introduce a new qualification, the Masters in Teaching and Learning (MTL), which will offer enhanced professional development for teachers. Building on the current performance management arrangements, we will continue to explore with Social Partners how we might frame an entitlement to CPD. Alongside this we will continue to invest in the National Strategies and other subject-specific priorities such as science and mathematics.