HC Deb 19 December 1963 vol 686 c241W
38. Mr. Willey

asked the Minister of Education whether he will make a statement on teacher supply in maintained and assisted schools.

Sir E. Boyle

In October, 1963, there were 282,100 full-time and 23,000 part-time teachers in maintained primary and secondary schools, an increase of nearly 4,000 and 2,000 respectively compared with a year earlier. The staffing of the secondary schools has improved rapidly over the last two years, and should continue to do so for the rest of this decade. The primary schools, where the position has also been improving, are beginning to feel the effects of much larger numbers of pupils and the increasing loss of young women teachers. The supply of new teachers will be substantially reinforced by the current expansion of the numbers in training colleges to 80,000 by 1970 and by the Government's acceptance of the Robbins Committee's proposals for the further expansion of higher education. I am also urging the maximum use of part-timers and married women returners.