§ Mr. Colvin
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what steps his Department is taking to encourage the recruitment of part-time teachers; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Alan Howarth
The employment and deployment of teachers is the responsibility of local education authorities and schools. It is for them to decide whether to employ part-time staff. Our proposed education support grant programme for 1990–91 includes support for expenditure of over £2 million on local recruitment measures to attract back more former teachers and to recruit mature entrants. The invitation to bid suggested that LEA recruitment models might include the establishment of supporting and flexible working practices such as part-time work and job share.