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Special Educational Needs: Dyslexia

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) if he will estimate the number of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools without any teachers with a specialist dyslexia qualification; and if he will make a statement; (211022)

(2) how many teachers in maintained schools have a specialist dyslexia qualification; and if he will make a statement.

The information is not collected centrally. However, on 6 May the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families announced we have asked Sir Jim Rose to make recommendations on the identification and teaching of children with dyslexia. We expect to consider his recommendations early next year.

Some information about teachers' qualifications will be gathered by the school workforce census which will start in 2010. The information collected will be limited to ensure we do not place an undue burden on schools. So, although it will not collect information about all training, we expect to be able to provide more data than we currently hold on teacher's qualifications.

The census will be seeking data on relevant qualifications for all teachers. A relevant qualification is any post A-level qualification that the school considers qualifies the teacher or teaching assistant to teach the subjects for which they are timetabled. We expect to see included, as a minimum, teachers' ITT qualifications. For teachers with a PGCE, we are also requesting data on prior degrees. Qualification subject will be coded using the Joint Academic Council principal subjects code set which includes “Training Teachers—Special Needs”.