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Teacher Training

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what resources he has allocated to fund the Education Fast Track Initiative; and if he will make a statement. [111577]

The Fast Track teaching programme is a programme of accelerated professional development, designed to attract, retain and rapidly develop transformational school leaders of the future. The total investment in the Fast Track programme in 2002–03 was just over £8 million. The total investment allocated for 2003–04 is £13.5 million, an increase which reflects the rapid growth in numbers on the Fast Track programme, from 249 teachers and trainee teachers in September 2002 to an estimated 600+ expected by September 2003.This allocation funds all aspects of the programme, including the practical resources for teachers and schools: enhanced Initial Teacher Training; Fast Track bursaries; national professional development events; regional and local events; a network of Area Coordinators; in-school mentors; a facilitated on-line community; additional teachers' pay; laptops and associated software and hardware; and individualised support for professional development.