asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many teachers qualified for the Training Council for Teachers of the Mentally Handicapped's Diploma in the academic years 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73 and 1973–74 respectively; and how many are at present taking the current course.
I have been asked to reply.The Training Council for Teachers of the Mentally Handicapped was originally responsible for the training of staff working in establishments for both children and adults. In consequence of the decision to transfer responsibility for the education of mentally handicapped children to the Department of Education and Science from April 1971, training for the teachers of these children has now been integrated into the general pattern of teacher training. The training Council for Teachers of the Mentally Handicapped did, however, continue after 1971 to issue some diplomas for work with children.The figures for the numbers of diplomas issued in the academic years up to 1973–74 are as follows:
|Diplomas for work with adults||220||218||254||307|
|Diplomas for work with children||285||218||128||6|