HC Deb 03 July 1979 vol 969 cc525-6W
Mr. Dobson

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science for what purposes his Department collects information about public schools; what is the extent of the information; and if he will make a statement.

Dr. Boyson

In pursuance of the Independent Schools Registration Regulations 1957, independent schools are required to make an annual return of changes in the number of pupils, the number of boarders, if any, and the teaching staff. Along with maintained and grant-aided schools, they are also invited annually to provide information of a general nature on teacher qualifications, courses of study followed by pupils and, in sample form, on school leaver qualifications.

Except for information which appears on the public register of independent schools kept in accordance with the provisions of section 70(1) of the Education Act 1944, these returns are regarded as having been provided in confidence.