HC Deb 21 July 1913 vol 55 cc1681-2

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that under the Education Act, 1902, teachers in non-provided schools may not be dismissed without the consent of the local education authority, and that the London County Council and other great authorities have exercised their power of supervision in such a manner as to provide an effective court of appeal for teachers whom the managers propose to dismiss; whether he has any official information showing that the effective courts of appeal set up under the provisions of the Act by the local authorities have worked satisfactorily to all parties; and whether he will consider the advisability of extending the beneficial provisions of the Education Act, 1902, to the schools under the control of the Home Office by giving to local education authorities similar powers over the appointment and dismissal of teachers as they enjoy with respect to teachers in non-provided schools under the Act of 1902?


In the case of industrial schools owned by local authorities it is open to the local authority either to delegate to the managers appointed by them the power of appointing and dismissing teachers, or to reserve to themselves a right to control the action of the managers in this matter. These schools are in this respect in the same position as provided elementary schools. The reformatory and industrial schools, however, which are owned by voluntary managers, are not in the same position as non-provided elementary schools. Their relations with local authorities are contractual only, and a dozen or more local authorities in various parts of the country may contract to send children to the same school. It would not, therefore, be practicable to give to local authorities powers over the appointment or dismissal of teachers in such schools.