§ Mr. Boswell
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what steps he is taking to open up teachers' performance-related pay threshold training and external assessment procedures to special service establishments which wish to mirror the threshold system in payments to their staff. 
§ Ms Estelle Morris
[holding answer 13 November 2000: We are currently considering what support we might give to educational establishments who are interested in mirroring the threshold assessment 600W procedures for their teaching staff. We are consulting on a new provision for the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document to allow such assessments, if carried out in accordance with the system explained in the document, to count in maintained schools.