§ Sir E. Graham-Little
asked the Minister of Education if he is aware that pressure is exercised by his Department to direct students who hold four-year training grants to the national schools by withholding permission to take up work in independent schools, as in two cases submitted; and whether, when restrictions are placed on students receiving grants, they are at the same time informed of the position.
§ Mr. Tomlinson
Every student who is admitted to a course of training as a recognised student, on whom grant is paid under the Ministry's Regulations for the Training of Teachers, is required to sign a declaration that he intends to complete the course of training and thereafter to adopt and follow the profession of teacher in an approved school. The expression "approved school" is defined as including any school or College in England or Wales, in respect of which grants are paid by the Minister out of monies provided by Parliament, and any other institution which in the case of any teacher the Minister approves in writing for the purpose. Requests for the approval of service in independent schools are considered on their merits.