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Teachers: Training

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much is being provided to each local authority to fund training for teachers on how to search pupils and use techniques to calm pupils. (123748)

The Department’s draft guidance, “Screening or Searching Pupils for Weapons”, advises that schools training members of staff on how to search pupils or using pupil calming techniques can use funds already available to them for staff training, equipment, or security or from elsewhere within the school’s delegated budget share. The guidance is now the subject of consultation which ends on 15 May. In line with national policy, it is for local discretion to determine the funds money to be made available for training.