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School Workforce Agreement

Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 18 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the projected cost of implementing the National Agreement on Restructuring the School Workforce is. [117639]

The costs will vary from school to school, depending on how much progress they have already made on the various elements of workforce reform. Delivering the changes is as much about different ways of working as it is about additional resources. Many schools will be able to implement the September 2003 changes from their existing budgets.The phasing of the contractual changes means that the more radical provisions do not come into force until September 2005. We are working to ensure that the delivery of the Agreement will be sustainable, as we consider changes to the funding system for 2004–05 and beyond.