HC Deb 21 January 1965 vol 705 cc103-4W
31. Sir Harmar Nicholls

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will inquire into the decision, regarding extension of comprehensive education, taken at the Joint Education Board, Peterborough, on 4th December, when the views of the 84 teachers, whose names have been sent to him, constituting all but two of Peterborough's grammar school teaching staff, were not submitted to the Joint Committee by the teachers' representative, contrary to the National Union of Teachers Point Four Document accepted by his Department, which laid upon the representative the duty of ensuring that teachers' views are put before the committee.

Mr. M. Stewart

I consider it important that local education authorities should consult closely with teachers in working out plans for secondary school reorganisation. I am therefore glad to note that the Peterborough Joint Education Board, when approving the principle of reorganisation on comprehensive lines on 4th December, instructed the Chief Education Officer to maintain close consultation with the teaching profession in working out plans. The line taken at meetings of the education committee by teachers' representatives is not my concern.