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Teachers: Training

Education written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what weight will be given to a school's ability to find suitable long-term employment for its teacher trainees in the allocation of future teacher training places.

Photo of David Laws David Laws The Minister of State, Cabinet Office, The Minister for Schools

holding answer 11 February 2013

The School Direct training and salaried teacher training routes provide the means for schools in England to recruit and select the trainees that they think will best meet their school partnership staffing needs.

In determining how many School Direct places to request, schools should have reviewed their previous employment patterns and use any current knowledge on staffing/budgetary issues to make an assessment of future need. This assessment should enable schools to request a number of places that broadly matches the future employment requirements within the school or partnership of schools where the trainee will be based. The Teaching Agency expects the school or partnership of schools to have a clear capacity to employ the trainees when they successfully complete their training programme.

Naturally there will be occasional circumstances that prevent a trainee taking up employment in one of those schools (such as not completing the course, changes to the school structure, outside factors, personal preference) but it should be the school's intention to retain the teachers, based on a reasonable expectation of there being a teaching vacancy.

When assessing future requests from schools for School Direct places, the Teaching Agency may consider how successful the school's previous School Direct trainees have been in securing employment and prioritise schools that have high employment rates.

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