HC Deb 20 March 1962 vol 656 c37W
Mr. Swingler

asked the Minister of Education how many untrained teachers are at present employed by the local authorities; how many of them have served as teachers for periods of over ten years; and what facilities exist for such persons to acquire training.

Sir D. Eccles

In March, 1961, there were 39,996 untrained full-time teachers of all kinds in maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools. Of these 32,567 were qualified teachers by virtue of degrees or other qualifications and of the remainder 1,127 were occasional teachers. I do not know the number employed for over ten years, but 8,883 were first employed before 1945. Untrained teachers may take courses of training at colleges of University Departments of Education and, although I cannot give precise figures, a good number, particularly temporary teachers, do so each year.