HC Deb 08 May 1972 vol 836 c283W
Mr. Neave

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what general guidance she has given to county councils, including Berkshire, about the number of teachers they should employ.

Mrs. Thatcher:

For some years the Department has notified every local education authority each winter of the number of full-time "quota" teachers which represented their share of the total number expected to be available in the next school year. In addition authorities have been encouraged to recruit as "off-quota" teachers part-timers and married women returners. At the end of January, 1972, Berkshire was over 2 per cent. above its quota. In addition it employs more than average numbers of "off-quota" teachers.