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Teachers: Training

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what schemes co-ordinated by (a) his Department and (b) local authorities that provide opportunities for experienced, recently retired teachers to act as mentors for existing subject staff in schools on a voluntary or paid basis are in operation. (228664)

This Department does not co-ordinate such schemes. It is for local authorities or schools to decide whether to pursue them based on local needs and the availability of retired teachers. No information on local schemes is held centrally.