HC Deb 04 February 1971 vol 810 cc1896-7
19. Mr. Michael Cocks

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proposals there are for expanding opportunities for in-service training for teachers.

Mr. van Straubenzee

My Department is expanding its own provision for in-service training and is also providing funds to promote greater and more effective use of the resources of universities, colleges and local authorities under the auspices of area training organisations.

Mr. Cocks

I welcome that reply, but I urge the matter on the hon. Gentleman as being the most effective way in which modern advances in educational thought and practice can be rapidly disseminated throughout the profession.

Mr. van Straubenzee

I would not enter into dispute with the hon. Gentleman on this. My answer shows improvement, for example, in relation to the Department's own provision, which is what I am talking about. This represents a 12½ per cent. increase on last year.

Mr. Alan Williams

Will the hon. Gentleman ensure that adequate facilities are available in particular for in-service training for the B.Ed. qualification? Could he give the strongest possible lead to education authorities, advising them to make time available to teachers to attend such courses?

Mr. van Straubenzee

The Department has given every encouragement over the whole field of in-service training. The previous Government recognised, as we do, that progress in this matter must be made by degrees.