HC Deb 08 December 1890 vol 349 c703
SIR RICHARD TEMPLE (Worcester, Evesham)

I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education whether, when revising the Code for the ensuing year, he will take into kind and favourable consideration the following points, in addition to the benefits conferred by the present Code, namely, the substitution of a single fixed grant to infant schools for the alternative grants of 9s. or 7s. and the variable grants for needlework and singing; the simplification of the grants under Article 101 by substituting one fixed grant for the principal grant of 14s. or 12s. and the various grants for discipline, needlework, singing, and class subjects; the modification of the existing distinction between "trained" and "untrained" teachers by substituting the term "independently trained" for "untrained" or by some other means?


My hon. Friend must be aware that I am always prepared to give a kindly consideration to any proposal which emanates from him, but he can hardly expect me, before the Code has been in operation three months, to undertake to introduce changes entirely eliminating the variable element from the grant at the risk of reducing all schools to one dead level of minimum efficiency. The modification asked for in the last part of the question has already been made, and the term "untrained" will no longer be found in the Code.