§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received from the Head Teachers' Association on the new general certificate of secondary education.246W
§ Mr. Chris Patten
My right hon. Friend has received representations from both the National Association of Head Teachers and the Secondary Heads Association about the preparations for, and funding of, the GCSE. I held meetings with both associations recently to discuss these issues. At their request, my right hon. Friend is to have a further meeting with the National Association of Head Teachers; he has also written to the Secondary Heads Association inviting further comment.