HC Deb 10 June 1986 vol 99 c155W
21. Mr. Beaumont-Dark

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he has any plans to seek to improve teaching standards; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Chris Patten

The Government's plans for improving teaching standards were incorporated in the White Paper "Better Schools" (Cmnd. 9469) published in March 1985. The Education Bill, which will have its Second Reading today, contains provisions for a new specific grant for in-service teacher training, and enabling powers for requiring the appraisal of teachers' performance.