HC Deb 24 February 1966 vol 725 c123W
25. Mr. Hamling

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will make a further statement on the steps his Department is taking to encourage colleges of education to accept for admission mature students with good qualifications and to adapt their courses and traditional methods of instruction to the needs and temperament of adult men and women.

Mr. Prentice

The colleges of education generally are ready to consider applications from older men and women with good qualifications and I am sure that they do all that they can to ensure that the training course meets the special needs of their mature students. Day colleges are especially well placed to do this. There are now 13 of these, with two more planned to open this year, and a growing number of outposts with a similar purpose. In addition my right hon. Friend hopes to announce before long proposals for part-time training courses for older students whose personal circumstances make it difficult for them to take the ordinary full-time course.