Overseas Trained Teacher Programme

Education and Skills written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands Conservative, Hammersmith and Fulham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the adequacy of background checks carried out on teachers placed under the Overseas Trained Teacher Programme; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Ruth Kelly Ruth Kelly Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills

No specific assessment of the adequacy of background checks on teachers placed under the Overseas Trained Teacher Programme has been made. Overseas trained teachers are employed at the time of joining the programme and therefore it is the responsibility of the employer to carry out checks to ensure they meet the standard requirements.

Building on the List 99 Review report published on 19 January, I announced (on 1 March) my intention to review current arrangements for overseas teachers, and the options for strengthening the vetting and recruitment checks made on overseas staff. Discussions with the Recruitment and Employment Confederation will continue and wider consultation involving stakeholders and other Governments Departments will ensure that any changes to guidance or regulations are properly considered in line with other sectors of the children's work force.

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