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Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what grant is available to head teachers to meet the cost of teachers who moved up the upper pay scale to point two from September 2002; and if he will make a statement. [113516]

Movement to point two of the upper pay scale for post-threshold teachers is by performance points awarded on a discretionary basis in schools. The Department is contributing £205 million performance-related pay grant for 2003–04, which will be sufficient to meet all of schools' on-going commitments arising from the performance-related pay grant provided in 2002–03, and to support the costs of similar progress along the Upper Pay Spine for those teachers becoming eligible for performance points in September 2003. Discussions are continuing with employers and unions about the exact way this grant will be divided among schools.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many full-time equivalent teachers were working in schools in Brighton and Hove in each year since 1996–97. [114696]

The following table shows full-time equivalent teachers (excluding occasionals) in the maintained schools sector in Brighton and Hove and its former parent local education authority prior to local government reorganisation, as at January of each year.

Former East SussexEast Sussex1Brighton and Hove
1 Post 1 April 1997
2 The most recent teacher data available at local education authority level are for 2002

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many vacancies he estimates exist within the teaching profession in schools in the Greater London area. [114856]

There were 1,020 advertised vacancies for full-time permanent teaching posts in maintained schools in the London Government Office Region at January 2003. The corresponding figure for January 2002 was 1,356.