HC Deb 08 February 1945 vol 407 cc2237-8W
Sir E. Graham-Little

asked the Minister of Education whether he is aware that the section of the McNair Committee's Report contributed by its most experienced members stresses the disastrous results which would follow from divorcing from the work of the universities the training of teachers in the national schools; why he has ignored this warning in the principles of selection of new teachers laid down in Circular 18; and whether he will recomsider this position before proceeding further with recruitment of new teachers.

Mr. Butler

As I have previously stated, I am in consultation with the Vice-Chancellors of the Universities on the major issue raised in the McNair Committee's Report, namely the question of the future organisation of the training of teachers. I consider that the proposals outlined in Circular 18 constitute a suitable method for selecting students for training for teaching under the emergency arrangements, and I think it reasonable in this connection to look for advice and help to persons with experience of the schools for which these training courses will prepare. I hope that some university teachers will serve on the interviewing Boards described in the circular.