§ Mr. Don Foster
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who prepared the specification of the skills training for the use by schools for information and communications technology funded by New Opportunities Fund moneys; and which bodies were consulted on the specification. 
§ Mr. Banks
[holding answer 25 January 1999]: A set of expected outcomes for the training have been developed that focus on the information and communication technology (ICT) knowledge, understanding and skills that teachers need to support their teaching. The outcomes are based on the new Initial Teacher Training National Curriculum, which was developed by the Teacher Training Agency. The outcomes also reflect national guidelines and in-service training in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The expected outcomes include an understanding of how to use ICT in teaching the whole class; planning, including the use of ICT for lesson preparation; and assessing pupils' work when ICT has been used.