§ Mr. Cormack
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether the teaching diploma awarded by the state of South Australia is recognised by his Department as qualifying its holder to apply for a permanent teaching post in the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Dunn
Recognition as a qualified teacher for appointment in a maintained school in England or Wales is given upon successful completion of an approved initial course of teacher training undertaken in England and Wales, or of a course undertaken elsewhere and assessed as comparable to an approved course undertaken in this country. The Department has in the past assessed a number of courses of varying length and content leading to the award of a teaching diploma by the state of South Australia: some have been accepted as comparable to an approved course in this country and some have not. Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own arrangements for assessing the acceptability of qualifications obtained overseas.