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Colleges Of Education

Volume 961: debated on Tuesday 23 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many former colleges of education had, at 31 December 1978, become part of universities; how many had merged with polytechnics; how many had merged with other colleges of further education; how many, including voluntary colleges, had become part of formal or informal federations, together with other colleges of education or colleges of further education; how many remained free-standing but offering or planning to offer courses of general higher education; how many remained free-standing and offering and planning to offer only courses of teacher education; how many had closed since 1974; and how many more it is her policy should close by 1981.

As at December 1978, five former colleges of education in England and Wales had become part of universities, 34 had merged with polytechnics, 27 had merged with other colleges of education and 27 with colleges of further education; 10 had become part of formal or informal federations, 20 remained freestanding as diversified higher education institutions and 10 continued as monotechnics or near monotechnics; 14 had closed. A further 21, including 11 which have merged together or with other institutions, are to cease initial teacher training by the summer of 1981.