Teachers' Pay

Education and Skills written question – answered on 18th November 2004.

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Photo of Paul Farrelly Paul Farrelly Labour, Newcastle-under-Lyme

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills

(1) what steps the Government are taking to reduce the disparity in pay between teachers in schools and further education colleges;

(2) what steps the Government are taking to increase the pay of teachers in further education.

Photo of David Miliband David Miliband Minister of State (School Standards), Department for Education and Skills

Further education colleges are run by independent corporations established under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. Individual further education colleges determine their own staff pay polices. There are no national pay structures in place. Pay levels will therefore vary from institution to institution. Teachers in maintained schools are subject to national school teachers' pay and conditions.

On 16 September we announced that total funding for the post-16 learning and skills sector, excluding higher education, will rise to £11 billion by 2007–08. From this year, most colleges will have three year funding deals allowing them to plan on a longer term basis.

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