HC Deb 06 July 1961 vol 643 c135W
Mr. Paget

asked the Minister of Education how many teachers are being trained annually under the supplementary course for experienced teachers for special schools; and whether this number reaches requirements.

Mr. K. Thompson

160 teachers attended supplementary courses and 65 attended special courses of advanced study for experienced teachers in the year 1960–61. Only teachers of deaf, partially deaf, and blind children are required to obtain a specialist qualification as a condition of permanent appointment. The supply of teachers of the blind from the supplementary course and other sources is sufficient for requirements, but the supply of teachers for deaf and partially deaf children is

Number of 1961–62 programme 1962–63 programme
Proposed Approved Proposed Approved
Schools or extensions 43 35 52 30
School places 15,170 12,230 16,230 8,540

Of the proposals not approved for these programmes 19 have been re-submitted for the 1963–65 building programmes.

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