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Education: International Cooperation

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many teachers and teaching assistants from each local authority have participated in the Teachers' International Professional Development Programme in each year since 2000; (318234)

(2) how much funding in respect of the Teachers' International Professional Development Programme has been allocated to each local authority in each year since 2000.

There are three strands to the Teachers International Professional Development (TIPD) programme: local authority led study visits on a theme decided by the relevant local authority with 2000 places each year; school determined visits to examine a theme of study decided by the schools engaged, with 500 visits each year; and a programme of study visits to developing countries with 80 places each year.

The information on the number of teachers and teaching assistants from each local authority who have participated in the Teachers International Professional Development Programme visits for the period 2000-01 to 2006-07 is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Information on the number of teachers taking part in local authority led study visits by local authority; information on the number of teachers taking part in study visits on the developing country strand; and for school determined study visits for 2007-08, 2008-09 and the anticipated out-turn for 2009-10 has been placed in the House Libraries.

Funding for the Teachers International Professional Development (TIPD) programme is not distributed to local authorities. Funding passes to the four programme delivery organisations, each of which is contracted to deliver a specified number of places. Each provider receives an indication of how many places on the programme each local authority might expect, with places not taken up by local authorities re-allocated to authorities where demand outstrips their allocation.