HC Deb 27 November 1989 vol 162 c49W
Ms. Walley

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will visit Hill Top county primary school, Stoke-on-Trent, to discuss teachers' pay.

Mrs. Rumbold

My right hon. Friend has no plans at present to do so.

Mr. Alexander

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what incentives he will arrange to enable teaching staff to attend training courses for the national curriculum and other essential out-of-school learning activities required under the Education Reform Act 1988.

Mr. Alan Howarth

The LEA training grants scheme will, in 1990–91, support local education authority expenditure of over £72 million with grant at a rate of 65 per cent. on training related to the implementation of the provisions of the Education Reform Act 1988. Of this £61 million specifically relates to training on the national curriculum. My right. hon. friend also expects local education authorites to make full use of the non-contact days for training. Expenditure eligible for grant includes the cost of supply cover and of other items associated with planning and running training activities. Much training takes place on school premises and out of normal school hours.