HC Deb 01 March 1962 vol 654 c1508
5. Mr. Holland

asked the Minister of Education how many primary schools provide a remedial class for backward readers; and whether provision for such a class is made in deciding the quota of teaching staff of each primary school.

Sir D. Eccles

The arrangements for giving special help to backward readers vary from one place to another. Precise statistical information is not available. I do not fix quotas for individual schools but the formula used in calculating quotas for each local education authority makes an allowance for special classes in ordinary schools.

Mr. Holland

Is my right hon. Friend aware that at a primary school in my constituency, which happens to be fortunate enough to have a remedial class for backward readers, I have seen children brought forward from a nil reading ability last September up to the average ability of 9-year-olds and 10-year-olds in January? Could he not, on this his namesake's day in the Church calendar, decide to take more active steps to increase the more universal provision of these facilities?

Sir D. Eccles

I agree with my hon. Friend that these special classes produce remarkable results, and I should like to see them increased

Mrs. White

Would not the right hon. Gentleman agree that this work can be particularly well done by married women, teaching possibly part-time who are ex-quota?

Sir D. Eccles

I think that suggestion is well worth pursuing.

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