HC Deb 12 February 1931 vol 248 cc577-8
64 and 65. Mr. CAMPBELL

asked the President of the Board of Education (1) whether any appointment was made following the advertisement for a staff inspector of arts in April, 1924; whether there is at present any officer of the Board of Education superior in rank to the inspector who guides the Board in regard to art education; and what are his qualifications;

(2) the number of inspectors of schools of art in 1920 and 1930, respectively; and whether it is proposed to appoint a chief inspector of schools of art who will be able, by his knowledge of art education and the requirements of industry, to give more valuable guidance to the Board as regards art education than is at present available?


The number of inspectors of schools of art employed by the Board of Education in 1920 was seven, including a chief inspector and an assistant inspector. There were four such inspectors employed in 1930. No staff inspector of art was appointed following the advertisement issued in 1924, but the question of appointing a chief or staff inspector of art is at present receiving my consideration.


Is the President of the Board of Education aware that there is great discontent because pupils do not seem to get the proper amount of training for the industry for which the school is supposed to cater?


I am not satisfied myself, and that is one of the reasons why I am taking these steps.