HL Deb 14 July 1980 vol 411 cc1603-4WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is meant by the term "multiethnic education"; whether they are aware that the Inner London Education Authority propose to establish in relation to it five inspectors, supported by 39 advisory teachers (with a further seven posts being advertised): and what will be the cost of this establishment.

Baroness YOUNG

The term "multiethnic education" is interpreted in a number of ways; it is widely used to refer both to educational provision to meet the particular needs of ethnic minorities, and to the provision of a curriculum for all pupils and students which reflects the ethnic and cultural diversity of our country today. My department is aware that the Inner London Education Authority established in 1978 a multi-ethnic education inspectorate which is supported by a range of advisory teacher posts; matters concerning these appointments, including their cost, are the responsibility of the Inner London Education Authority.