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Staffing (Retired Teachers)

Volume 237: debated on Thursday 3 April 1930

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asked the President of the Board of Education if any steps have been taken to invite retired teachers to come to the assistance of the local education authorities when the school age is raised; if so, what has been the response; and is he satisfied that he will be able to avoid overcrowding of classes and understaffing of teachers by 1st April, 1931?

The re-employment of retired teachers or the retention in service of teachers who would otherwise retire is a matter for the local authorities, and it would be premature to ask them for any reports on the subject. In reply to the last part of the question, I consider that reasonable provision can be made for the additional children who will be retained in the schools as a result of the raising of the leaving age as from 1st April, 1931.

Will the right hon. Gentleman explain to the House what he means by "reasonable provision"?