Free Schools: Teachers

Education written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the (a) minimum qualification, (b) minimum age and (c) maximum age requirement will be to teach at a free school.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

holding answer 28 October 2010

Innovation, diversity and flexibility are at the heart of the Free Schools policy. We want the dynamism that characterises the best independent schools to drive up standards in the state sector. In this spirit we will not be setting overly prescriptive requirements in relation to qualifications: instead we will expect business cases to demonstrate how governing bodies intend to guarantee the highest quality of teaching and leadership in their schools. No school will be allowed to proceed unless its proposals for quality teaching are soundly based. Ensuring each Free School's unique educational vision is translated into the classroom will require talented people with a diverse range of experience. As is the case with all schools, Free Schools will be subject to employment law and the Equalities Act 2010 with regard to age requirements.

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