HC Deb 26 March 1991 vol 188 cc358-9W
Mr. Bernie Grant

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what assessment he has made of the effectiveness for the administrative and resource arrangements allowing for the appointment of supply teachers to cover for teachers undertaking in-service training in connection with the national curriculum.

Mr. Fallon

It is for schools and local education authorities to manage and assess their arrangements for in-service training. The senior chief inspector's report for 1989–90 notes the problems they are facing and the ways in which they are tackling them. The Department has commissioned studies by the National Foundation for Educational Research and Sussex university on best practice in this area, which have been made available to local education authorities and will be placed in the Library.