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Special Educational Needs: Teachers

Department for Education written question – answered on 27th June 2018.

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Photo of Nick Smith Nick Smith Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to ensure that the identification of speech, language and communication problems are a core requirement of Level 2 qualifications for early years teachers.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Early Years Workforce Strategy, published in March 2017, included a commitment that the department would develop criteria for the content of level 2 early years practitioner qualifications.

An expert reference group provided advice, guidance and challenge. Membership of the group included academics, technical, employer and training provider expertise.

In December 2017, we published a 12-week online consultation seeking views on the proposed criteria. We are now revising the criteria based on the consultation feedback and will publish them with a government response by September. The criteria will require qualifications to include skills and knowledge to support early language development and children with additional needs.

The Early Years Workforce Strategy is at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-workforce-strategy.

The level 2 qualification consultation documents are at: https://consult.education.gov.uk/childcare-providers-and-regulation/improving-level-2-qualifications-for-the-early-edu/.

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