§ 25. Mr. CHORLTON
asked the President of the Board of Education whether any steps are to be taken to compensate those teachers who suffered from downgrading due to decreases in school attendance following the carrying out of slum-clearance schemes?
§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. Oliver Stanley)
The matter is one in which only head teachers of public elementary schools are concerned. Under the Burnham Report a local authority is able in specified circumstances to make allowances at its discretion to mitigate or prevent hardship to head teachers whose schools are downgraded as a result of removal of population from the district. Moreover, since April, 1932, an amendment to the Burnham Report has precluded any possibility of down-grading of schools, save in cases where a school has been reorganised or where a new head teacher is appointed.