HC Deb 10 August 1909 vol 9 c242

asked the President of the Board of Education if any scheme for the formation of a teachers' register is being considered by the Board of Education; and, if not, whether the Board will themselves formulate a scheme?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. Runciman)

Schemes for the composition and formation of a Teachers' Registration Council have been submitted to the Board by representatives of certain associations of teachers, and have for some time been under consideration. It has since transpired on the publication of those proposals that a considerable number of persons and bodies in the teaching profession regard them as quite inadequate for the constitution of a council representative of the teaching profession. I understand that a comprehensive conference of various branches of the teaching profession is to be convened in the early autumn to consider alternative proposals, and I think the Board of Education would be well advised to await the result of their deliberations, and to consider any recommendations which they have to make.


Why was the last teachers' register abandoned?


That is a matter of history. I had no control over the Department then.