HC Deb 02 May 1972 vol 836 cc125-6W
Mr. Charles R. Morris

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether she will make a state ment indicating the salaries received by nursery nurses and qualified teachers employed in local education authority nursery schools; to what extent the duties of qualified teachers differ from those of nursery nurses in such circumstances; and which salary negotiating body currently determines the salaries of nursery nurses.

Mr. van Straubenzee:

The salary scales for nursery assistants in maintained nursery schools and classes are negotiated in the Whitley Council for the Health Services (Nurses and Midwives Council), which has recommended that from 18th April, 1972 they should be:

Class I: £564 (at age 18), £606 (at age 19), and on a scale from age 20 of £726 to £999;

Class II: £411 (at age 16) and on a scale from age 20 of £606 to £735,

in both cases with free meals on duty. Since April, 1971 the Burnham scale 1 for non-graduate qualified teachers has been £1,055 to £2,090; there will probably be increases from 1st April, 1972.

Most nursery assistants in nursery schools and classes work under the supervision of a qualified teacher, but some are employed under Regulation 16(3)(c) of the Schools Regulations, 1959 as unqualified assistant teachers, in charge of nursery classes, at a current Burnham salary of £824 to £1.055, with an allowance of £145 for special responsibilities.