§ Mr. Damian Green
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many newly qualified teachers had failed to achieve the award of qualified teacher status by 31 December 2001. 
§ Mr. Timms
Newly qualified teachers have, by definition, achieved the award of qualified teacher status. However, the Induction Standards include a requirement that teachers who qualified between 1 May 2000 and 30 April 2001 must pass the numeracy skills test before the satisfactory completion of induction. As of 31 December 2001, there were 79 newly qualified teachers who had registered for the numeracy skills test but still had not passed. These teachers have until 31 August 2002 to pass the test.