Jenny questions Government plans to downgrade teacher training.
During the Statement on the Vocational Qualifications Reform Plan in the House of Commons today, Jenny raised the need to support and expand quality teaching in FE colleges by backing rigorous teacher training.
Matthew Hancock MP, Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, was setting out the Government's plans to remove the requirement for teaching qualifications in education.
Jenny Chapman (Darlington) (Lab): It is good to hear the Minister speak about quality in FE. My experience is that most middle-class parents would still prefer their children to go on to A-level and university, with vocational options left for everybody else. Until the issue of quality is addressed, parents will guide their children in that way. How will downgrading training, so that teachers no longer need a teaching qualification, help?
Matthew Hancock: We are upgrading training to make sure that people who have skills in the workplace can easily transfer them into FE colleges. Making training relevant to what now goes on is a very important part of making sure that provision is high quality. I agree with the hon. Lady that tackling low-quality provision is very important in showing parents that the existing provision for their children is high quality. That important thrust is behind why we are tackling low-quality provision, as well as celebrating high-quality provision where it exists.