To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what support he will provide for the in-service training of teachers in 1988; and if he will make a statement.
I announced on 7 August my intention of making available grant of £119 million in 1988–89 to support local education authorities' expenditure in-service training for teachers and certain other groups in the education service. Authorities have responded with proposals for expenditure of £290 million, compared to £265 million this year; a 9 per cent. increase. They have also made proposals for further developing their arrangements for managing training, so that training can be increasingly accurately matched to staff development needs.I have decided to confirm the grant to he made available at the levels provisionally indicated to local education authorities in August, with some minor adjustments in the light of later indications of authorities' intentions for certain categories. I have taken no decision, however, in respect of one authority, Tameside, which has yet to submit full proposals. In two cases, Haringey and Liverpool, I am not satisfied with progress with the development of arrangements for managing training, and I am therefore attaching specific conditions to their grant.