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School-Leaving Age

Volume 237: debated on Thursday 3 April 1930

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many of the 2,000 additional teachers estimated to be required if the school-leaving age is raised are class teachers; how many specialist teachers in woodwork, gardening, domestic science, and physical training, respectively; and what steps have been taken to ensure that these teachers are trained by 1st April, 1931?

It is estimated that considerably more than half of the 2,000 additional teachers required will be class teachers. I regret that it is not possible from the information at present available to give figures showing the number of specialist teachers required in each of the subjects mentioned. Special additional classes for training teachers of woodwork and of commercial subjects have been instituted; as regards class teachers and teachers of the other subjects referred to, it is expected that the existing surplus, together with the teachers at present in training, will be adequate to meet the increased demand.