HC Deb 19 April 1928 vol 216 cc374-5W

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that the head-mistress of the Humber Church of England school was appointed after two successive advertisements of the post in competition with certificated and qualified teachers; that she only possesses an Irish diploma and has not taught for 12 years prior to her appointment; and that on the occasion of her first appointment her selection was turned down by the director of education and by his own Department; and whether he will state the reasons why, after a second advertisement of the post when there were other qualified teachers applying for the post, these objections were removed and the lady appointed?


The appointment of teachers rests with the Local Authority and, in the case of non-provided schools, the Managers, and, provided that the teacher possesses the requisite qualifications under the regulations, the Board do not intervene in the matter. In the present instance the Board satisfied themselves that Mrs. Lewis was qualified for recognition as a certificated teacher under Schedule 11 (e) of the Code, and have so recognised her. Her appointment as head teacher of the Humber School thereupon fell within the discretion of the Local Authority and Managers.