Teachers: Qualifications

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Secretary of State (Children, Schools and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made in developing a new master's-level teaching qualification; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

Plans for the introduction of a Masters-level qualification in teaching and learning for teachers were set out in "Being the best for our children: Releasing talent for teaching and learning" on 7 March. We propose to begin by targeting the Masters mainly on teachers in the first five years of their careers, building on initial teacher training and induction. The Training and Development Agency for Schools has started to develop the programme, working with social partners: they will commence consultation with schools and higher education institutions on the content of the new qualification in the near future.

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