Wednesday 24 October 2018
Valuation Office Agency
I am today announcing the start of a tailored review of the Valuation Office Agency (VOA). As an Executive agency of HM Revenue and Customs, the VOA is required to undergo a tailored review at least once in each Parliament. The structure, efficiency and effectiveness of the VOA and the governance arrangements it has in place will be considered as part of this review. I will inform the House of the outcome of the review as appropriate.
Teachers’ Pay Grant
Today I am confirming the allocations for the teachers’ pay grant for 2018-19.
The teachers’ pay grant was announced on 24 July by the Secretary of State for Education. This will be worth £508 million in total and will fully fund the 2018-19 academic year pay award to the end of the spending review period, over and above the 1% rise schools would have expected and been planning for.
On 14 September the Department for Education published the rates and high-level methodology for the teachers’ pay grant.
The grant will be paid to all state-funded schools and academies, including maintained nursery schools. This will be on the basis of pupil numbers in mainstream schools, and place numbers in special schools and other specialist provision. All schools will be funded for at least 100 pupils or 40 places.
Funding for mainstream schools will be allocated on the basis of pupil numbers and each school will have a specific allocation which cannot be modified by the local authority.
Local authorities will receive an allocation in respect of specialist provision in their area. This will be based on the number of places in each school, with all schools being funded for at least 40 places. The local authority will have the flexibility to allocate funding to the schools in their area, taking into account the particular circumstance of the schools and following consultation with them.
Further details and guidance will be published on gov.uk.