§ 54. Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu
asked the Minister of Education whether he will increase the number of special responsibility allowances available to primary school teachters.
§ Mr. Chataway
My right hon. Friend would like to see the question of all above-scale payments considered by whatever new machinery may be established to deal with teachers' salaries. In the meantime he does not think that, under the Remuneration of Teachers Act, 1963, he should do more than he was able to do in the Order introduced last July.
On that occasion he increased the allowances for primary head teachers in 15,000 primary schools—out of about 25,000—by 10 per cent.—compared with increases of about 7 per cent. for the heads of the largest secondary schools: increased the allowance for deputy head teachers by approximately £10–£20 per annum and allowances for holders of graded posts by the same amounts; and introduced a discretionary power for the local education authorities to create one or more heads of departments in the larger primary schools and to pay them an allowance of £180. The Burnham Committee had itself proposed this latter measure.