HC Deb 07 March 1963 vol 673 cc90-3W
Mrs. White

asked the Minister of Education if he will list the research projects which are being or are about to be conducted at his request, with the date of commencement, and the inquiries

Institution Project Approximate total cost Estimated duration Date of commencement
Department of Education, Birmingham (in association with the Department of English, Leeds). Oral English tests in the Certificate of Secondary Education. 6,000 3 years Later in 1963
National Foundation for Educational Research. Merits of block and day release. 20,000 4 years July, 1962
National Foundation for Educational Research. Effects of "streaming" in primary schools. 58,000 5 years January, 1963

2. My Department also took part in the planning of some of the other research projects listed in my Answer to the hon. Member for Sunderland, North (Mr. Willey) on 11th December last.

Committee or sub-committee Terms of reference
The Central Advisory Council for Education (England). To consider the education between the ages of 13 and 16 of pupils of average or below average ability who are or will be following full-time courses either at school or in establishments of further education.
The Secondary School Examinations Council:
(1) English Language Examining Committee. To consider any proposals that may be made for examining sixth form pupils in the use of the English language for purposes of University matriculation; and in this context to consider whether, and if so, what, changes are desirable in the examination of the English language at Ordinary level.
(2) Syllabus Committee:
General Studies Sub-Committee To consider existing regulations and syllabuses and proposals for new syllabuses in General Studies and General Papers, to scrutinise question papers and sample scripts.
(3) Advisory Committee (i) To consider matters arising on the routine procedure and conduct of examinations;
(ii) To receive and where appropriate advise upon information submitted by the Syllabus Committee relating to Subject Panels and considerations of syllabuses;
(iii) To consider any matter affecting examinations raised with due notice by any member of the committee.
(4) Sixteen Subject Panels (i) To study existing syllabuses in the various examinations;
(ii) To consider new syllabuses submitted to the Council;
(iii) To suggest lines on which the examination for the Certificate of Secondary Education might develop.
(5) The Certificate of Secondary Education Standing Committee. To advise the Council on the criteria which should be applied in granting recognition to Examining Bodies for the Certificate of Secondary Education and in approving their examinations, and on the principles on which such examinations should develop, and to consider and offer advice to the Council on applications from individual Examining Bodies and on any other appropriate schemes of examination.
It is the responsibility of the Committee to devise, co-ordinate and supervise examinations for this certificate and to deal on behalf of the Council with any matters concerning the regulations, syllabuses, marking schemes, standards and other arrangements of Examining Bodies.
The Central Advisory Council for Education (Wales). To consider the place of mathematics and science in a balanced system of education in Wales.

which are or are about to be undertaken by committees or sub-committees attached to his Department.

Sir E. Boyle

1. The following educational research projects are being or are about to be undertaken at my direct request:

3. The following inquiries are being or are about to be undertaken by committees or sub-committees which I have set up:

Committee or sub-committee Terms of reference
The National Advisory Council on the Training and Supply of Teachers. To keep under review national policy on (a the training and conditions of qualification of teachers; and (b)the supply and distribution of teachers in ways best calculated to meet the needs of the schools or other educational establishments.
Advisory Committee on Handicapped Children. To consider the problems raised by the placement and education of children whose major disability is accompanied by one or more other disabilities, especially those children where one of the disabilities, major or otherwise, is low intelligence.
National Advisory Council on Art Education. To consider the problems of post-graduate studies in art.
United Kingdom Advisory Council on Education for Management. To review management studies in general and the Diploma of Management Studies in particular following the first report of the Council.
Committee on the Development of Day Release. To consider the steps necessary for the maximum expansion practicable in providing day release for under 18 year olds.
Co-ordinating Committee of Selected Local Education Authorities. To consider the steps necessary for the development of non-vocational courses in technical colleges.

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