§ Mr. David Porter
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he received in the summer recess on the morale of the teaching profession while teachers introduce the national curriculum and other reforms; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
We have received correspondence from teachers expressing support for the national curriculum but anxiety at the scale of the reforms facing them. We recognise that our reforms are a challenge to teachers. We value their hard work and commitment, and believe that they will rise to the challenge. In recognition of the demands already facing teachers, my right hon. Friend has decided to defer for the time being any requirement that all teachers should undergo appraisal.