§ Mr. Ralph Howell
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the average number of teaching hours per week for (a) full-time school teachers and (b) full-time university lecturers, during term-time and averaged out over the whole year.
§ Dr. Boyson
The Department does not collect on any regular basis information on the hours taught by staff in schools, further education establishments and universities. There is no existing national agreement between employing authorities and the teachers about the time which a school teacher should actually spend in teaching. In further education there is an agreement between the authorities and the teachers' associations recommending the class contact hours to be expected of staff of various grades, but that may be varied by local agreement. The teaching loads of university staff are for individual universities to agree.