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Teachers (Secondment)

Volume 439: debated on Wednesday 9 July 1947

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asked the Minister of Education whether he has now completed arrangements for the seconding of teachers throughout the whole field of education at home and overseas, so that mobility and varied experience can be achieved, whether in approved schools, Service Departments, oversea appointments, the British Council or the Colonial Service.

Arrangements for the secondment of teachers for service overseas have for some time been under consideration by my Department in consultation with the Service Departments, the British Council, the Colonial Office and the Foreign Office. Agreement has now been reached on the principles of a scheme which it is proposed shortly to discuss with representatives of the local education authorities and the teachers. As regards the home service, secondment is being widely used to obtain staff for the Emergency Training Colleges. As a result of a recommendation in the Burnham Committee's Training College Report, arrangements are well advanced for establishing a register for interchange between permanent training colleges and schools.