§ Mr. Allason
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will issue guidance to local education authorities on the practice of allowing teachers to take their training days at home.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
Under the terms of the school teachers' pay and conditions document 1988 a teacher is required to be available for work for 195 days in any year, of which 190 days are to be days on which he or she may be required to teach pupils. The intention is that the remaining five days should be used primarily for in-service training. The form that such training should take is at the discretion of local education authorities.