§ Mr. Aspinwall
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) how many young teachers had completed their training and were unable to fulfil the required period of probationary teaching in the years 1979 and 1980;
(2) how many young people completed their training to become teachers, received grants from the county of Avon and were unable to fulfil the required period of probationary teaching to gain confirmation of their teaching status in the years 1978, 1979 and 1980.
§ Dr. Boyson
The information as requested is not available.
Probation can be served only after appointment to a maintained school or a non-maintained special school. The table below sets out the number of students qualifying in 1978, 1979 and 1980 compared with the numbers in those years obtaining posts where probation could be served. There are no figures available to show the number of newly-qualified teachers applying for posts in each of those years.
The Department has no record of newly-qualified teachers who obtained posts outside the maintained sector 241W of England and Wales. About 11 per cent of those qualifying in each year were reported, as at each 31 October, not to be seeking teaching posts.
It is not possible to identify students trained on grants from an individual local education authority.
Qualified in 1978 Qualified in 1979 Qualified in 1980 Total 32,716 27,193 20,182 Obtained posts where probation could be served 22,473 16,727 10,987