HL Deb 02 March 1994 vol 552 cc80-1WA
Lord Judd

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why Regulation 4 of the Education (Teachers) (Amendment) Regulations 1994 changes the words "the Certificate in Education" and "the Postgraduate Certificate in Education" in Schedule 3 to the Education (Teachers) Regulations 1993 to "a certificate in Education" and a "postgraduate certificate in Education" respectively, and whether it is their intention that non-graduates should be able to become qualified teachers.

The Minister of State, Department for Education (Baroness Blatch)

These words cause no change in legal effect. They are purely drafting changes which reflect the fact that certificates are awarded by individual universities. The changes were first made in the Education (Teachers) (Amendment) Regulations 1993 (SI No.1969), which also made provision for school-centred postgraduate courses to lead to qualified teacher status (QTS). There have always been non-graduate qualified teachers, but we have no plans to introduce new non-graduate routes to QTS.