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Teachers (Employment)

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 6 July 1950

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79.

asked the Minister of Education whether he is aware of the increasing unemployment in the Greater London area of teachers trained under the emergency scheme; and what steps he is taking in the matter.

80.

asked the Minister of Education why teachers who have completed their training under the emergency scheme are unemployed; and what steps he proposes to place them in employment.

I would refer the hon. Members to the answer which my right hon. Friend gave on 29th June to the hon. Members for Hornsey (Mr. Gammans), Merton and Morden (Captain Ryder) and

MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE RECENTLY COMPLETED COURSES AT EMERGENCY TEACHER TRAINING COLLEGES IN THE GREATER LONDON AREA
CollegeDate of end of course 1950No. appointed to teaching posts (report of June 30)No. not yet appointed to teaching posts (report of June 30)Total number completing the course
MenWomenTotalMenWomenTotalMenWomenTotal
WandsworthMay 202242243838262262
Forest (Walthamstow)June 2585311163148832120
CamdenJune 281741742424198198
483315146516654832580
126 men and 87 women are due to complete a course at the Trent Park College on 15th July. It is too soon to say how many of them will have obtained posts by the end of their course.

85.

asked the Minister of Education whether he will provide posts for teachers who have recently completed their course under the Emergency Training Scheme,, pending replies by 2nd October next, from local education authorities to his Department's circular requiring forecasts of the number of teachers who will be employed in September, 1951.

The Ministry of Education is not an employer of teachers. Employment of teachers is the responsibility of the local education authorities or school governing bodies, and my right hon. Friend's action in informing authorities in Circular 222 of the estimated availability of teachers in the coming school year, and the advice he has given to Brixton (Lieut.-Colonel Lipton), of which I am sending them copies together with the Circular to local education authorities which was issued on 29th June.

81.

asked the Minister of Education how many trained teachers are due to leave this term the Wandsworth, Camden and Trent Park emergency training colleges; and how many of these have been found posts in teaching establishments.

87.

asked the Minister of Education how many teachers trained under the Emergency Teachers' Training Scheme in the Greater London area are unemployed.

Following is the answer:appoint teachers now against requirements for the school year as a whole, reflect this position. The forecasts for which my right hon. Friend has called in the Circular are needed to estimate the requirements for teachers in the school year 1951–52, and have no bearing on the supply of teachers in 1950–51.

86.

asked the Minister of Education what improvement has taken place in regard to trained teachers awaiting posts; and whether payment of fares or temporary accommodation expenses will be offered to those willing to take posts some distance from their homes.

Of the 225 men mentioned as being without teaching posts in the reply which my right hon. Friend gave to my hon. Friend on 25th May, 81 were reported to the Ministry as having obtained posts by the end of June. The answer to the second part of the Question is "No."

92 and 93.

asked the Minister of Education (1) how many qualified teachers are available for employment now and how many vacancies exist; and whether he can estimate the number of teachers available and number of vacancies in September, 1950, giving separate figures for men and women;(2) how many students are now in training at emergency training colleges, and how many will be available for teaching appointments at the end of each month until 1951, giving separate figures for men and women.

Circular 222, of which I am sending my hon. Friend a copy, contains all the information that is available on the points he raises.

asked the Minister of Education the number of emergency trained teachers who have received appointments in Wales, Glamorgan and Cardiff, respectively.

The numbers of emergency trained teachers employed in all maintained schools and establishments on 1st June, 1950, were respectively:— Wales, Men, 694; Women, 245; Total, 939. Glamorgan, Men, 166; Women, 57; Total, 223. Cardiff, Men, 63; Women, 20; Total, 83.