HC Deb 28 February 1963 vol 672 cc190-1W
Dame Edith Pitt

asked the Minister of Education what action he is taking to assist with the problem of language difficulties in those areas which have a high proportion of immigrant children.

Sir E. Boyle

Local education authorities are making a variety of arrangements to provide suitable methods of teaching immigrant children and the assistance of Her Majesty's Inspectors is available to help them. A group of inspectors is giving regular attention to the best methods of teaching English to immigrant children.

Mr. G. M. Thomson

asked the Minister of Education what attention is being given by Her Majesty's inspectors of schools to the special educational problems of integrating the children of immigrants to this country into the school system.

Sir E. Boyle

As I informed the hon. Member for West Lothian (Mr. Dalyell) on 6th December special arrangements have been made for a group of Her Majesty's Inspectors to give regular attention to this problem, both generally and in regard to the teaching of English. Conferences have been organised in co-operation with local education authorities to which teachers concerned with this problem have been invited. Advice and information on educational methods are made available by Her Majesty's Inspectors to the schools concerned.