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School Workforce Agreement

Volume 406: debated on Tuesday 10 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what discussions he has had with (a) local education authorities and (b) head teachers concerning the National Agreement on Restructuring the School Workforce; [117638]

(2) what representations he has received from (a) local education authorities and (b) head teachers concerning the implementing of the National Agreement on Restructuring the School Workforce. [117640]

Following the publication of "Time for Standards" in October 2002, I chaired a series of meetings of national partners, including the local authority employers and head teacher associations, which culminated in the National Agreement signed in January 2003. Since then, I have continued regularly to meet the signatories, both bilaterally and in the Workforce Agreement Monitoring Group, to discuss implementation.