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GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES£25M SCHOOL LEADERSHIP GRANTS FOR ENGLAND

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School standards minister Estelle Morris has doubled the money ...
School standards minister Estelle Morris has doubled the money

available for headship training. The£25m for headship

training underlines the government's commitment to improving the

quality of leadership in schools. The minister also announced the

Teacher Training Agency's (TTA) 1999/2000 targets for recruitment to

initial teacher training courses.

Estelle Morris said:

'We need to develop strong leaders - in a rapidly changing world

neither schools nor their heads can afford to stand still.£17m will support those wanting to achieve headship to take the

National Professional Qualification.£8m will provide 3,500

places for serving heads to refresh and renew their skills.

'The recent Green Paper 'Teachers - meeting the challenge of change'

outlines our proposals for ensuring training is fresh, relevant,

practical and professional - including plans for a national training

framework for headship. It is a blueprint for a world-class teaching

profession in the 21st century, and how we intend to achieve that

vision.

Ms Morris has also asked the Teacher Training Agency to recruit

17,210 trainees to secondary courses and 12,000 to primary courses

in 1999/00.

She said:

'The TTA have successfully met their targets for recruitment of

primary school teachers but the new target reflects the need for

increased numbers of primary school teachers to deliver the

Government,s pledge to reduce infant class sizes. The secondary

target is challenging, but it anticipates need in the longer term.

'We have already announced a£130m package of measure to

tackle the problems of secondary teacher recruitment in shortage

subjects. This includes a£5,000 incentive for all those graduates

training for a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from next

September and going on to teach maths or science.

'Taken with last week's Green Paper this will transform the teaching

profession into a modernised, first class profession, attracting the

most able graduates, and rewarding and motivating them in line with

other professions. Those people who are considering teaching as a

career can look forward to better rewards, better training, better

support and better leadership.'

Notes

1. Targets announced are for England only. Teacher Training

Agency will allocate teacher training places to HE institutions up to

this level. Last year's targets were 11,500 for primary and 19,100

for secondary; recruitment was 11,545 and 14,377 respectively. The

secondary subject targets are:

1999/00 2000/01 2001/02

firm target indicative indicative

target target

Maths 1,980 1,980 1,980

English & Drama 2,160 2,160 2,160

Science 2,690 2,690 2,690

Modern Languages 2,200 2,200 2,200

Technology 2,860 2,860 2,860

History 790 790 790

1999/00 2000/01 2001/02

firm target indicative indicative

target target

Geography 1030 1030 1030

PE 1040 1040 1040

Art 940 940 940

Music 570 570 570

Religious Education 600 600 600

Other 350 350 350

2. Targets are set by DfEE ministers based on projections of teacher

supply and demand, as indicated by the Teacher Manpower Model. A

DfEE publication, 'Teacher Supply and Demand Modelling,' which

explains the methodology and assumptions involved, is available from

the Stationery Office.

3. One of the key themes developed through the Green Paper, published

last week, is better leadership. Government is investing up to£100m in support of these proposals over the next three years.

4. Plans to establish a national college for school leadership were

announced at the conference for new heads on 20th October. A prospectus for those interested in taking work forward

will be published in January. The college will open by September

2000.

5. Estelle Morris announced the£130m package for teacher

recruitment on the 27th October. A full list of LEAs which have received funding for Recruitment Strategy Managers is given below:

Hackney

Newham

Hammersmith & Fulham

Southwark and Lambeth

Hillingdon

Luton

East Sussex

Thurrock

Essex

Hertfordshire

Redcar & Cleveland

West Sussex

Surrey

Bristol

Lancashire

Northeast Lincolnshire

Wandsworth

Haringey

Hounslow

Camden

Bradford

Southend on Sea

Derbyshire

Dorset

Norfolk

Derby

Cheshire

Oxfordshire

Gloucestershire

Wolverhampton

Birmingham

Milton Keynes

Devon

Blackburn with Darwen

Cambridgeshire

Manchester

Greenwich

Some bids have been provisionally accepted for 1999-00, subject to

clarification on a number of points. These are:

West Berkshire consortium

Solihull

Leicester

Bromley

Ealing

Nottingham

Peterborough

Sheffield

Slough

Calderdale

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