HC Deb 07 April 1892 vol 3 c843
MR. LABOUCHERE (Northampton)

I beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education whether he is aware that Mr. Abraham Park, the principal teacher of the Albion School, Aston, is a Borough Magistrate, in which capacity he frequently sits on the Bench, and adjudicates on cases of parents prosecuted for not sending their children to school; that Mr. Edward Barlow, principal teacher of the Parochial School, Aston, is Director of several Public Companies; and that Mr. Joseph Redyard, principal teacher of the National School (Castle Hall), Staleybridge, is the Chairman of the Castle Spinning Company, Director of the Guide Bridge Spinning Company, and of the Staleybridge Company, a Magistrate, and an Alderman; and whether these gentlemen are infringing Clause 85 (e), chapter 4, of the New Code, 1890, in which it is laid down, as the condition of a grant to a school— That the principal teacher is not allowed to undertake duties not connected with the school which may occupy any part whatever of the school hours, or of the time appointed for the special instruction of pupil teachers"?


The hon. Member has correctly quoted the conditions under which teachers are allowed to undertake duties not connected with the school, and I am not aware that these conditions have been violated in the cases to which he refers; but the Inspector will be instructed to make inquiry when he visits the schools.