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Lords debates government policy on new teachers

19 November 2021

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The House of Lords debated the government’s policy on Initial Teacher Training, including the recruitment of new teachers and the role of universities and other bodies in ensuring the supply and education of new teachers, on Thursday 18 November. 


Baroness Donaghy (Labour), former Assistant Registrar and Students Union Permanent Secretary at the University of London Institute of Education, put forward the debate.

This was a general debate. During debates, members put their experience to good use to discuss current issues and draw the government's attention to concerns.

Members speaking

Members speaking included:

  • Baroness Coussins (Crossbench), President of Speak to the Future (campaigns for languages in education) and former Senior Officer at the Inner London Education Authority
  • Lord Knight of Weymouth (Labour), Chief Education Adviser at Teaching Every Student (Tes) Global Ltd. and Chair of Whole Education (a network of schools and eductors)
  • Lord Lexden (Conservative), former university lecturer and President of the Independent Schools Association
  • Lord Storey (Liberal Democrat), former Head Teacher who taught in primary schools for over 30 years. 

Baroness Barran (Conservative), Minister for the School System, responded on behalf of the government.

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Find out more about the issues the debate covers in the House of Lords Library briefing.

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