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Science ITT

The letter from John Leach and others (Science Alarm, TES, February 6), helpfully draws attention to an important debate within the consultation on our proposed secondary science national curriculum for initial teacher training, namely whether to require trainees to be able to teach at least two sciences to key stage 4. But they are wrong to imply that the outcome of our consultation is a foregone conclusion.

We are taking great care to ensure we canvass opinion as widely as possible on all aspects of the proposals, and this issue in particular. As well as seeking views, we are also collecting hard evidence to inform our final decision. I hope that everyone with an interest in raising standards in the classroom will examine these proposals - and comment on them. Consultation packs are available by ringing 0845 606 0323.

ANTHEA MILLETT

Chief executive Teacher Training Agency Portland House, Stag Place London SW1

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