§ 68. Sir M. Galpern
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total number of uncertificated teachers in Scottish schools during 1963; what was the number at the latest convenient date; how many of them had university degrees or had acquired other qualifications since leaving school; how many completed the requisite training at colleges of education during 1963 in order to obtain a teacher's certificate; and what encouragement and facilities are offered to uncertificated teachers to obtain a teacher's certificate.
§ Mr. Noble
The number of uncertificated teachers in whole-time employment in public and grant-aided schools at 7th October, 1963, the latest date for which details are available, was 2,425. Of these, 348, including 59 graduates, had been trained as teachers outside Scotland; 238 were graduates who had not been trained; 376 held passes in degree courses; and 1,051 had acquired other qualifications appropriate to the subjects they were teaching.
Information about the number of uncertificated teachers who completed teacher-training courses at colleges of education in 1963 is not readily available.
In July, 1963, I drew the attention of all uncertificated teachers to the possibility of their obtaining financial assistance under the Special Recruitment Scheme to complete any training necessary for certification in Scotland. This Scheme provides free tuition and maintenance for the student and his dependants during the whole course of training, including any preliminary training which may be necessary.