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Special Schools (Staffing)

Volume 893: debated on Tuesday 17 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the present position regarding the implementation of Circular 4/73 regarding staffing in special schools and classes: and if he will make a statement.

Circular 4/73 suggested as a target for March 1975, 1,000 extra teachers, apart from those required because of growth in the number of special school places. The latest available information is that between January 1973 and January 1974 the number of teachers in special schools increased by 924, and about 600 of these represented improvements in staffing standards. Corresponding figures for special education classes are not available.