Simon Hart (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he will consider including a module on organising a school visit in teacher training courses; and if he will make a statement.
Nick Gibb (Minister of State (Schools), Education; Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, Conservative)
The Government recognise the important contribution that school visits can make to engaging and supporting pupils in their education. All staff who take pupils on school visits should be properly trained and prepared to do so. It is the responsibility of head teachers to ensure that their staff have the necessary knowledge and skills before taking pupils on out of class activities. This preparation may include some form of additional training, if they consider this to be necessary and appropriate.
The new Teachers' Standards, which set out what is expected of all qualified teachers, require teachers to be able to plan out of class activities to consolidate and extend the knowledge and understanding pupils have acquired. It is for training providers to decide what trainees should be taught to enable them to achieve the Teachers' Standards. The Department does not mandate content of initial teacher training courses.