HC Deb 13 July 1916 vol 84 cc560-1W

asked the President of the Board of Education whether, in the direction of a local education authority which the managers of a non-provided school have to carry out with respect to the appointment of a head teacher, college training is a distinct educational qualification under Section 7 (1) (a) of the Education Act, 1902; and whether a local authority has the power to require the managers of a non-provided school to appoint a college-trained head teacher to fill any such vacancy that may occur?


My hon. Friend is no doubt referring to a dispute which recently arose between the Local Education Authority for Accrington and the managers of a voluntary school in their area. In that case the Board of Education have determined that the direction given by the local education authority to the managers to appoint a college-trained teacher as head master was a direction as to the educational qualification of the teacher to be employed, and was, therefore, one which it was competent for the authority to give.