HC Deb 25 November 1926 vol 200 cc519-20

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that, in order to ascertain how far the latest Regulations of the Board for the training of teachers was likely to determine the supply of pupil teachers and student teachers, a statement setting forth the Board's new scheme was submitted to the parents of all student teachers appointed to commence duty in Sheffield in August, 1926, inquiring whether under the new scheme

1924. 1925. 1926.
Boys. Girls. Boys. Girls. Boys. Girls.
Number of Competitors 1,904 1,138 1,760 1,267 2,105 1,405
Number of Schofarships awarded. 148 116 105 93 108 92

Of the awards made in 1924, 66 were postponed, the number of schofars actually proceeding to the universities in that year being 198.

they would be able to present their children as prospective teachers, and that the replies showed that the new proposals would deter 90 per cent. of the prospective teachers who would otherwise be drawn from the area; and whether, in view of the shortage of teachers which would result, he will cause full inquiry to be made in this and other areas as to the sources from which the shortage will be made up, and report the results to the House?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Lord Eustace Percy)

I am aware of the inquiry referred to in the first part of the question. The Board's Regulations provide for a continuance of existing arrangements in areas where continuance is desirable, and, in circulating the Regulations, I invited local authorities to make proposals accordingly.

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