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 David Blunkett David Blunkett Secretary of State for Education and Employment 8:03 pm, 16th May 2000

Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will allow me to speak.

I am prepared to accept equivalent qualified-teacher status from countries that we recognise, with the same quality of training, in order to provide the access that we expect from them for those who receive qualified-teacher status here. What has just been said is an insult to New Zealand and Australian teachers who come to our country and do a good job.