HC Deb 24 May 1968 vol 765 cc144-5W
Mr. Hunt

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many local education authorities at present organise residential courses for new teachers, similar to those planned by the Inner London Education Authority, details of which have been sent to him, which include an exploration into the nature of racial prejudice; and by what means guidance and information is made available on this subject for all local education authorities.

Mr. Edward Short

I do not collect detailed information about courses run by local education authorities for their teachers but I know that many authorities with substantial numbers of immigrant pupils organise courses for both new and experienced teachers on the sociological and linguistic problems of these children. Questions concerned with racial prejudice are commonly discussed at such courses. Information and help is made available through H.M. Inspectors as well as through local education authority inspectors and advisers, teachers' associations and the various publications and bulletins of such bodies as the Schools Council, the National Committee for Commonwealth Immigrants, the United Kingdom Committee for Human Rights Year and the local education authorities themselves.