Future of the Teaching Profession

Part of Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 8:03 pm on 16th May 2000.

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Photo of Phil Willis Phil Willis Shadow Spokesperson (Education) 8:03 pm, 16th May 2000

I am happy to give the Secretary of State that definition. An unqualified teacher is a teacher who does not have qualified-teacher status—and I regard a teacher with qualified-teacher status as a qualified teacher. If the Secretary of State is saying that the Government intend to deal with the teacher crisis by allowing anyone to teach our children—actually to appear before a class of youngsters—he ought to confirm that now.