HC Deb 24 November 1965 vol 721 c76W
Mr. Armstrong

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many men and women teachers, respectively, left the teaching profession during the year ended 31st August 1965; and how many of these were normal retirements because of age.

Mr. Crosland

The latest available information relates to the year 1st April, 1963, to 31st March, 1964. The estimated number of full-time teachers who left the principal sectors of the education service in England and Wales in that period is as follows:

Teachers of all ages Teachers aged 60 and over
Men 5,831 1,571
Women 17,562 3,762

The principal sectors referred to are:—

  1. (a) maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools;
  2. (b) grant-aided further education establishments;
  3. (c) grant-aided colleges of education.

Teachers moving from one of these three sectors to another are not included in the table, but the figures include teachers moving out of these three sectors into other educational establishments—e.g. special schools, independent schools, and universities.

The information for the year 1964–65 is not expected before the spring of 1966.

Mr. George Y. Mackie

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science why the age limit for intending teachers in further education at colleges of technical education is 45.

Mr. Prentice

The Department's regulations prescribe no upper age limit for entry to the colleges of education (technical) and though the colleges aim normally to recruit students below 45 years of age, they are in fact prepared to consider applicants who are older than this. Fifty-four such students are attending the colleges this year.