Teachers: Veterans

Kevin Brennan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many armed forces personnel have joined the teaching profession as a result of the Troops to Teachers programme; how many of those remain teaching in the maintained sector; and what assessment he has made of their effectiveness. [149657]

Mr Laws [holding answer 25 March 2013]: The new Troops to Teachers (TtT) programme will encourage high quality, eligible graduate service leavers to apply for School Direct (Salaried) places, and receive additional personalised training. For graduate service leavers preferring fee-paying routes, there will be an additional bursary available to incentivise these routes. Troops to Teachers will provide opportunities for service leavers without degrees, but with some prior academic credits, to train as teachers during academic year 2013/14 and 2014/15. The opportunities offered under Troops to Teachers will be linked to market need and jobs in schools, and will be open to service leavers in England. Through Troops to Teachers there is capacity to support over 1,000 places during 2013/14 and 2014/15.

Since the Troops to Teachers policy was first announced, the Teaching Agency reports that between March 2011 and March 2013 over 7,200 service leavers have registered their interest in teaching. The numbers of service leavers who have chosen to apply for existing initial teacher training courses has also increased: 342 service leavers applied over this period, with 139 accepted and currently training.

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Vetting

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2013, Official Report, column 473W, on vetting, which special advisers in his private ministerial office have developed vetting security clearance; and when they received any such clearance. [147780]

Elizabeth Truss [holding answer 14 March 2013]: The Department for Education determines its vetting

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requirements in line with Her Majesty's Government's Security Policy Framework. Information on the framework is available via:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hmg-personnel-security-controls

For reasons of national security and Data Protection Act considerations, it would not be appropriate to disclose information which could lead to the identification of individuals who are subject to vetting.

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