§ Mr. Gordon Marsden
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans he has to review the funding of the National Qualification for Head Teachers so as to take account of schools' financial ability to make contributions. 100W
§ Mr. Byers
The Government is supporting candidates from LEA-maintained schools taking the National Professional Qualification for Headship with £4.5 million in 1997–98 through the Grants for Education Support and Training programme. This funding is allocated to LEAs on the basis of the number of schools in their area; central support for candidates is not dependent on the financial ability of their school to make contributions.