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Financial Services: Education

Education written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will take steps to extend financial education into the National Colleges for Teaching and Leadership and in teaching school clusters.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Government recognises the importance of financial education, as reflected in the draft national curriculum programmes of study that are currently available for consultation.

Although we do not prescribe the content of initial teacher training courses, providers must ensure that their programmes enable all trainees to achieve qualified teacher status by demonstrating that they meet the appropriate standards. This includes preparing trainees to deliver the appropriate curriculum for their chosen subject and phase.

School leaders are best placed to decide what arrangements are needed to support their staff to deliver the new national curriculum.

Teaching school alliances can provide additional support. within these clusters, teaching schools will be able to respond to the needs of each school, and if they identify a particular need for teacher or leadership development, for example with regards to financial education, they will be able to respond appropriately.

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