HC Deb 28 March 1957 vol 567 cc143-4W
77. Mr. Moss

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Education to what extent secondary modern schools in the County of Warwick are being encouraged to develop preliminary courses in anticipation of the courses pro vided in technical colleges; and whether he will urge local education authorities to arrange consultations between schools and colleges with this end in view.

Sir E. Boyle

The Warwickshire Local Education Authority is encouraging pilot courses of this kind in its secondary schools in Nuneaton and mid-Warwickshire in consultation with the technical colleges and local employers. My noble Friend warmly welcomes experiments of this and other kinds that are designed to link the secondary schools more closely with the technical colleges. He is considering how best he can stimulate further thought and action on this topic.

78. Mr. Moss

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Education how many pupils are taught in all-age schools in the county of Warwick; to what extent the number has been reduced since the issue of Circular No. 283 in November, 1954; and when he expects that all children of secondary age will be taught in secondary schools.

Sir E. Boyle

Between January, 1955, and January, 1957, the number of pupils in senior classes in all-age schools in Warwickshire fell from 2,500 to about 2,000. Places for most of these pupils will be provided in eight new secondary schools to be opened in 1957, and for nearly all the remainder in two which will be started in the next few months.