asked the Minister of Education whether she is aware that under Circular 30 hundreds of existing and successful teachers with specialist qualifications in art, music, Froebel, speech therapy and physical training are being classed as unqualified teachers and therefore do not qualify for the new Burnham basic scale and that new entrants in art and music are at a worse disadvantage, as regards salary and status; and whether she will reconsider this position.
Under the provisions of Circular 30 the great majority of teachers with specialist qualifications of the types to which the hon. Member refers are entitled to the status of qualified teacher. The circular also makes provision for representations to be made by a local education authority or other employer in special cases which do not fall within its general classifications. On my present information I see no reason to modify these arrangements. The position of speech therapists raises special problems which will be dealt with in a circular to be issued very shortly.