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|London borough of Enfield Sure Start Children's Centre Expenditure|
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent from the public purse on each Sure Start centre in each parliamentary constituency in the Lancashire County Council area in each year since the scheme's inception. 
From 2006-07, to reflect SSLPs transition to children's centres, the SSLP Grant was paid to local authorities together with children's centre funding as part of the Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare Grant (formerly the General Sure Start Grant). Under the terms and conditions of that grant, local authorities have a degree of freedom in the allocation and use of the funding provided to best meet their local objectives. Furthermore, in an effort to reduce the monitoring burden the Department only requires them to report expenditure at a local level, rather than by individual children's centre. It is therefore not possible to provide a breakdown of expenditure by individual SSLP or children's centre.
|Lancashire Sure Start Children's Centre Expenditure|
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 1 June 2009, Official Report, column 284W, on teachers: training, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of teachers professional bodies and industry on teachers continuing professional development; and what recent consideration he has given to teachers participation in continuing professional development during school holidays. 
Mr. Coaker: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families has regular discussions with representatives of teachers professional bodies and industry to discuss teachers continuing professional development (CPD). He has not given recent consideration to teachers participating in CPD during school holidays.
Under the provisions of the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD), teachers are contracted to work under the direction of a head teacher for 1,265 hours over 195 days. They are required to teach and perform other duties for 190 of those days and are to be available for deployment at the heads discretion for the other five days to perform duties other than teaching. These five days are commonly known as school closure days and schools can and do use them for a variety of CPD/school planning activities. The timing and organisation of these days is entirely for individual local authorities, governing bodies, and head teachers to determine, but we look to them to be sensitive to local circumstances in deciding which days to choose.
In relation to teachers participating in CPD during school holidays, there is nothing to prohibit teachers undertaking such activity during those periods. However, head teachers, in carrying out their duties in deploying and managing staff, must have regard to the desirability of teachers being able to achieve a satisfactory balance between the time required to discharge their professional duties and the time required to pursue their personal interests outside work.
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