HC Deb 02 August 1951 vol 491 cc244-5W
91. Wing Commander Hulbert

asked the Minister of Education for how long teachers, who have received State grants for their training, are under an obligation to teach in England.

Mr. Tomlinson

These teachers are expected to give a period of service that is consistent with their declared intention of following the profession of teaching in grant-aided schools or other institutions approved for the purpose. I am not disposed to define a general limit when the need for teachers is so great, but in each case I take all the circumstances into account, including the amount of service already given in grant-aided schools in this country and the teacher's reasons for wishing to leave it.

Mr. Astor

asked the Minister of Education what steps he is taking to see that teachers are being suitably trained to run the nursery schools contemplated in the Education Act of 1944, in the future.

Mr. Tomlinson

Thirty-three of the colleges offering two-year courses of training to intending women teachers provide courses which cover the nursery age range. Of just over 7,000 newly-trained women teachers who left two-year colleges this summer, approximately 750, or nearly 11 per cent., had included the teaching of the nursery age range in their courses. At present, however, because of the great need for teachers of infants, most of these teachers take their first posts as teachers of infants.

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