HC Deb 10 December 1998 vol 322 cc290-1W
Mrs. May

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on the Virtual Staff College for Senior Education Officers. [63251]

Ms Estelle Morris

The Virtual Staff College is a project, led by the Society of Education Officers with support from my Department, for the training and development of local education authority officers. The project includes a competence framework which forms the basis for several newly developed Master's degree courses. Students can mix and match modules from difference universities and combine on-site tuition with distance learning. The project leader is on secondment from the Department. The DfEE is also providing £30,000 for the development of the competence framework, training materials and information.

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