HC Deb 18 December 2001 vol 377 cc301-2W
Adam Price

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what directions she is giving(a) local education authorities and (b) schools on how to finance the higher pay scale for teachers due in 2002. [24016]

Mr. Timms

In England we are consulting on a new special grant to help schools fund the cost of performance points, including points on the upper pay scale. The grant—worth £250 million over the next two financial years—will be allocated to local education authorities using a formula that takes account of the number of teachers on the upper pay scale. Local authorities will be expected to allocate the money to schools in the same way. Schools will be free to decide how much to invest in performance points, taking account of all the resources available to them including special grant.

Funding for teachers' pay in Wales is a matter for the National Assembly for Wales.