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Volume 934: debated on Monday 27 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many British teachers of English have been sent to Third world countries by her Department or with funds supplied by her Department.

During the past five years, 28 teachers of English have been assisted with funds under the Commonwealth teacher exchange scheme, to go to Kenya, Jamaica, Barbados and other Third world countries in the Commonwealth, It is, however, unlikely that any of these will be teaching English as a foreign language, since all participants in the exchange scheme, except those from Quebec, are from schools where English is the medium of instruction.


asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science when List 42 was last updated; and when she expects to issue a revised edition.

The present edition of List 42 appeared in 1974. My Department has been considering a new type of publication which would be more useful in the light of developments in the assessment and placement of children with special educational needs. It would, however, be wise to await the findings of the Warnock Committee early next year before reaching a firm decision.


asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many qualified teachers are currently unemployed; what proportion is newly qualified; what proportion is over 28 years of age; and what proportion is women.

5,195 people were registered by the Department of Employment in March 1977 as seeking teaching posts in schools in England and Wales, of whom 60 per cent were women. I understand from my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Employment that his Department's records do not distinguish either newly qualified teachers or those over 28 years of age.