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Social Inclusion: Teacher Training

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

16. To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to ensure that the special educational needs content of teacher training courses prepares teachers to deal with social inclusion matters. (205981)

Initial teacher training is designed to enable trainees to meet the professional standards for qualified teacher status (QTS). Those acquiring QTS must be able to use a range of teaching strategies and resources, take account of diversity and promote equality and inclusion. The Training and Development Agency for Schools is developing a range of units for training providers to help trainees meet the standards for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.