§ Mr. Beaumont-Dark
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether, in view of the decline in the number of full-time students in teacher training, he is satisfied that colleges of higher and further education are not overstaffed; and what are staffing ratios to student teachers.
§ Dr. Boyson
My center hon. and learned Friend takes careful account of the level of staffing required for the planned number of students, including those training to be teachers, in considering the resources necessary for higher and further education. The contraction of teacher training in recent years has involved staff redundancies and redeployment. For the future, the Government's expenditure plans imply some further staffing economies in higher and further education more generally.401W
Information on separate student to staff ratios for student teachers is not available.