HC Deb 15 March 1951 vol 485 c195W
75. Mr. Morley

asked the Minister of Education when he experts to be able to announce that the period of two years' college training for intending qualified teachers will be raised to three years.

Mr. Tomlinson

I cannot say. My more immediate concern is to see that there are enough teachers for the greatly increased number of children who will be coming into the schools over the next few years.

81. Mr. Alport

asked the Minister of Education how many men and how many women teachers were posted to primary schools during 1949 and 1950, respectively; and how many additional teachers he estimates will be required for these schools in each of the years 1951, 1952 and 1953.

Mr. Tomlinson

About 9,250 men and 9,750 women teachers were appointed to maintained and assisted primary and secondary schools in 1949. In 1950 the comparable figures were 7,750 and 10,750. After allowing for wastage, this means that the total teaching strength in these schools increased from 196,000 in January, 1948, to 209,000 in January, 1950. This total would need to be increased by 6,000 in 1951, 7,000 in 1952 and 5,000 in 1953, if the staffing ratios of 1950 were to be maintained. This need arises from the increasing numbers of children in the primary schools, but it is not possible to give separate figures for appointments to these schools.