HC Deb 07 March 1923 vol 161 cc529-30W
136. Mr. GROVES

asked the President of the Board of Education if his attention has been called to the fact that the Board have notified the West Ham education authority that the appointment of Mr. W. H. Rose as handicraft teacher cannot be recognised to fall for consideration under the provisions of the Standard Scales Report, and that the Board's decision was not given until Mr. Rose had actually commenced teaching with the West Ham education authority; that in Circulars 1234 and F.S.D. (Salaries decision) 55 the Board state that they would be prepared to recognise for grant the inclusion of time spent in the following institutions other than public elementary schools: special subject centres, secondary schools, and junior technical schools, and, as Mr. Rose has rendered service in the junior technical schools and Haslingden secondary schools, it was legitimately assumed by the West Ham education authority that such service would be accepted; and, as the refusal of the Board of recognition involves hardship upon the West Ham authority to the extent of the difference between £120, the minimum allowed for uncertificated teachers, and the considerable higher amount being paid by this authority, West Ham, will he investigate the details of this case and receive personal representation from the authority concerned?


My attention has been called to this case. Circular 1234, to which the hon. Member refers, provides that in order that any period of service may be reckoned for increments the teacher must during that period have been recognised in the grade in which his correct salary position is to be calculated. As Mr. Rose was not recognised as a handicraft teacher under the Code during the period of his service in junior technical and secondary schools, that service cannot under the provisions of the circular be recognised for increments on the salary scale. I cannot agree that the Board's action involves hardship to the authority, for they were warned of the relevant facts over a month before Mr. Rose started duty under them as a handicraft teacher.