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School Places (Distribution)

Volume 531: debated on Thursday 28 October 1954

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asked the Minister of Education to what extent it is part of his policy to secure a more equal distribution of secondary grammar and junior technical places throughout England and Wales.

The proportion of secondary grammar places appropriate to each area depends on several factors: for example, whether there are any comprehensive schools, what educational character the Authority envisage for their grammar schools, the Authority's policy about extended courses in modern schools, and the arrangements for transfer between secondary schools of different kinds. For secondary technical schools the right decision depends even more on local considerations. The need to provide new secondary places for the rapidly growing school population offers most authorities whose present proportion of grammar or technical courses is unsatisfactory an opportunity to correct the balance. My aim will be to see that they take it.