HC Deb 22 November 1979 vol 974 cc296-7W
Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what action he intends to take to provide part-time courses in schools for the 16 to 18-year age group as proposed by the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Macfarlane

I announced on 12 July that the Government were continuing the consultations on the paper "Providing Educational Opportunities for 16–18 Year Olds" published in April. One of the proposals put forward for discussion there was that the legislation governing the provision of education in schools might be changed to promote the development of part-time schooling for 16 to 19-year-olds. The Government will be considering whether to seek such legislative change in the light of responses to the consultative paper and in the context of their overall review of the relationship between school, further education and training.