HC Deb 13 July 1979 vol 970 cc343-4W
Mr. Robert Atkins

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the Government's policy towards allowing newly qualified teachers to per- form their probationary year in independent private schools.

Dr. Boyson

Under the arrangement referred to in paragraph 8 of the Department's administrative memorandum 9/78, when a teacher takes up his first appointment in a maintained school, his probationary period may, on the recommendation of the local education authority, be shortened or waived by reason of satisfactory service in an independent school.