HC Deb 24 June 1966 vol 730 cc154-5W
Mr. Eldon Griffiths

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what progress has been made by the National Foundation for Educational Research in its study of comprehensive schooling; and when the various stages of fact finding, definition of objectives and final assessment, respectively, will be completed and made public.

Mr. Goronwy Roberts

The research is progressing satisfactorily. A factual survey has been conducted and information provided by about 300 schools is now being studied by the National Foundation for Educational Research which hopes to publish results in the late autumn. A more intensive factual survey, based on this first survey, will begin later this year, and the results should be published in the autumn of 1967. Two groups of experts who are working on the definition of objectives have each held several meetings and are likely to reach conclusions later this year. The whole research project will extend over several years but any results likely to be of general use to the schools will be published as they emerge, and information will also be fed back to local education authorities and teachers in less formal ways.