HC Deb 19 June 1958 vol 589 cc1286-7
6. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Minister of Education to what extent the number of young men and women training as teachers for secondary modern schools is now declining; and to what extent the present intake falls short of the required desirable number.

Sir E. Boyle

The number of students training for work in secondary schools has been increasing for some years and will, I expect, increase further, partly as a result of the measures my right hon. Friend has recently announced. I cannot state a precise aim, as the number of new recruits needed will vary from time to time.

Mr. Sorensen

Are the hon. Gentleman and his colleagues quite satisfied that the intake at present will meet future requirements?

Sir E. Boyle

As my right hon. Friend announced only recently, he will consider what further expansion is likely to be needed when he has had the advice of the National Advisory Council on the training and supply of teachers, but we are keeping a very open mind indeed on this subject and we recognise its urgency.