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Teachers (Training)

Volume 237: debated on Thursday 3 April 1930

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42.

asked the President of the Board of Education how many intending teachers in the three latest years for which statistics are available undertook a post-graduate training; and will he state how many teachers recognised for the first time in secondary schools during the last year for which statistics are available had not undergone a training course?

The number of intending teachers who have undertaken a course of post-graduate training under the Board's regulations in the past three years is:

1927–281,704
1928–291,746
1929–301,867
1,339 teachers took up appointments in secondary schools as new entrants to the teaching profession during the year 1928–29, of which 645 are known to have undergone a course of training. The balance includes a number of teachers of special subjects in respect of whose training particulars are not available, although it is known that many of them had been trained.

44.

asked the President of the Board of Education how many students in training colleges have undertaken a third year of training in the training college years, commencing in the autumns of 1927, 1928 and 1929; and is it his policy to encourage suitable students to undertake a third year?

The numbers of students who began a third year of training during the academic years beginning 1st August, 1927, 1928 and 1929, respectively, were 472, 421 and 467. I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of the circular letter of the 28th December last which explained the conditions under which proposals for third year courses would be sympathetically considered.