HC Deb 20 June 1986 vol 99 cc653-4W
Mr. Hancock

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how much money he plans to make available for in-service training of teachers of the deaf.

Mr. Chris Patten

The Government intend that support from public funds for the provision of training for teachers of the deaf should continue at a level sufficient to assure the supply of such teachers. The student numbers now allocated to courses of initial teacher training in special educational needs will be transferred to in-service training when intakes to those courses cease. The costs to local authorities who send teachers for in-service training are currently supported through arrangements for the pooling among local authorities of in-service teacher training costs.

Leavers from maintained schools in Hampshire
Academic year
1979–80 Thousands 1980–81 Thousands 1981–82 Thousands 1982–83 Thousands 1983–84 Thousands 1984–85 Thousands
Total leavers 22.45 23.04 23.20 22.72 24.20 22.36
Number attempting O level in:
English 9.64 10.06 10.60 9.97 11.40 10.03
Mathematics 6.46 7.10 7.57 7.61 8.59 8.03
A science 7.68 8.03 8.82 8.17 9.21 8.34
A modern language 3.54 3.70 4.13 3.76 4.02 3.75

We intend that these costs should be eligible for support from 1 April 1987 under the new financial arrangements for which we are seeking statutory powers through the Education Bill now before the House.