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Teachers: Training

Education written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of David Blunkett David Blunkett Labour, Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that all subjects designated as part of the core curriculum have resources made available for the continuing professional development of their teachers.

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

The Government believes that schools are best placed to decide what resources are needed for the continuing professional development of their teachers and secure them accordingly. This includes their ability to deliver the core curriculum.

Many schools will share priorities around the core subjects, so we are working with subject experts, publishers, educational suppliers and others to identify what further support schools may need.

We are also ensuring that existing opportunities funded by the Government meet the needs of the new national curriculum. For example, the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) has recently released free video training materials focused on calculation. We have also extended match funding of £3,000 per school for phonics materials and training until October 2013.

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