You have been warned

25th February 2005 at 00:00
The head who thinks that PPA time is only for secondary schools (TES, February 11) is seriously mistaken.

I reject the view that workforce reform is unfunded. The signatories accepted that funding should be integrated in mainstream school budgets and that we needed to reduce the number of ring-fenced, time-limited funding streams. All primaries can expect a minimum increase of 5 per cent per pupil in 2005-06, and the majority will receive more than that. Through the National Remodelling Team, LEA advisers and workforce agreement modelling group advice, there is support for every school in the country. Many schools have made use of this and are getting on with implementation and reaping the benefits.

We cannot go back to the days when school leaders threatened to flout the law or incite industrial action. PPA is a contractual right for teachers - I would strongly advise all schools to honour the contract.

Stephen Twigg School standards minister Department for Education and Skills, London SW1

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