HC Deb 05 March 1970 vol 797 cc139-41W
46. Mr. Pardoe

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will estimate the net marginal cost of adding one teacher to the schools' teaching force in 1969.

Mr. Edward Short

Current expendion the training of the average teacher who entered the profession in 1968 was about £2,150. The comparable figure for 1969 is not yet available.

56. Mr. Hornby

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what are the latest figures for the recruitment of part-time teachers and of married women returning to teaching; and how these figures compare with comparable ones for the previous three years.

Miss Bacon

Between February and September, 1969, about 2,800 married women teachers returned to full-time service, compared with 2,400, 2,700 and 2,700 for the three previous years. The number returning to part-time service is not known.

58. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will allow all teachers, who have completed 12 months or more to the satisfaction of local education authorities, to continue in their employment despite their qualifications not being in exact accordance with recently established standards, especially in places where there is difficulty in replacing a particular skill.

Mr. Edward Short

No. The agreed policy is to phase out of the maintained schools by 31st August, 1970, teachers whose experience and qualifications are not acceptable for qualified teacher status, subject to certain strictly limited exceptions. One of these is that, where a school needs a particular specialist skill and no qualified teacher is available, an unqualified person may be employed in the capacity of instructor to fill the gap. This provision should cover most of the difficult cases.

70. Mr. J. E. B. Hill

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will ensure that the regulations whereby the employment of unqualified teachers shall end after August 1971 will not have the effect of excluding those graduates, especially in science and mathematics, who wish to include a period of teaching at some stage in their careers and whom local education authorities may wish to employ on a whole-or part-time basis.

Mr. Edward Short

The date set by my 1968 regulations for the phasing out of unqualified teachers is August, 1970. Graduates are recognised as qualified teachers and their employment is not affected except that post-1969 graduates are restricted to secondary school teaching. It is the intention that post-1973 graduates should not be recognised as qualified teachers in maintained secondary schools until they have completed an approved course of professional training