Agency still has key responsibility;Letter

28th May 1999 at 01:00
YOUR reports on the outcomes of the Teacher Training Agency's quinquennial review (TES, May 21) could have given readers the mistaken impression that the agency is no longer a key player in the Government's drive to raise standards through the continuing professional development of teachers.

While the review confirmed that the Department for Education and Employment will set the strategic framework for teachers' continuing professional development and research, ministers have also charged the agency with some key responsibilities in these areas.

These include continuing its crucial work on the New Opportunities Fund information and communication technology training for all teachers.

And, if the Government decides to proceed with the proposal in the Green Paper, the agency will develop initial advice on the national code of practice which will govern all publicly-funded training.

All of us here at the agency are looking forward to working with all our partners in schools, local education authorities, higher education institutions and colleagues outside education on the challenging remit the Government has set us.

Anthea Millet, Chief executive, Teacher Training Agency, Portland House, Stag Place, London SW1E

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