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Specialised Diplomas: Teachers

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average number of hours of training is that teachers have been given on the new diplomas prior to their implementation. (230051)

We do not record how many hours of training individual practitioners receive. Individual practitioners all have different starting points in terms of existing skills and knowledge, and the extensive support package enables teachers to select the amount and type of training which best suits their needs, as part of the professional development planning in their school or college. The extent to which they take up training from the comprehensive support offer that is available from a wide range of partner organisations will vary according to their particular needs. It is therefore not possible to give an average number of hours of training.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which organisations are offering training on teaching diploma courses to teachers. (230052)

The current training package brings together support from a number of different partner organisations, including the Learning and Skills Improvement Service, the National College of School Leadership, the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, the National Strategies, the National Assessment Agency, the Training and Development Agency for Schools, Lifelong Learning UK, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, the Diploma Development Partnerships, the National Education and Business Partnership Network (NEBPN) and the Awarding Bodies.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the syllabus is for the training of teachers on diplomas. (230053)

The package of training that is available has been designed to meet the needs of individual practitioners with different levels of skills, knowledge and understanding. It includes some core elements covering functional skills; the structure of the diploma; collaborative delivery; experience of a sector-relevant working environment; assessment; and diploma administration. The rest of the package is flexible and tailored to respond to identified need.