Teachers: Training

Education written question – answered on 28th June 2011.

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Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon Deputy Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to maintain future numbers of teachers trained to deal with pupils' hearing impairments.

Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather The Minister of State, Department for Education

holding answer 23 June 2011

Since 2009, additional funding has been provided for 190 teachers to acquire mandatory qualifications (MQ) in teaching pupils with sensory impairments, including pupils with hearing impairments. Of the 190, 44 teachers will receive funded hearing impairment MQ training this academic year at a cost of £13,000 per place.

Our policy is to enable all schools, whether they are mainstream or special schools, to develop their capacity to meet the needs of children who have special educational needs or are disabled. We announced measures in the Green Paper to build professional development which included support specialist SEN training across clusters of schools. This will include further opportunities for teachers to develop skills and knowledge in teaching children with sensory impairments.

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