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Volume 982: debated on Tuesday 1 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, North-East on 17 March, if he will list in the Official Report those universities, polytechnics and colleges of higher education currently running initial and in-service training courses for teachers which deal with aspects of microelectronics; what aspects are dealt with in each case; and if he will give more details of the subjects and courses covered;(2) if he will list in the

Official Report those in-service courses for teachers which are organised by Her Majesty's Inspectors, and those programmes which have been arranged regionally with support from his Department, dealing with aspects


Planned number of places

Applications to date

The use of microcomputers in schools6042
Recent developments in the teaching of sixth form physics3041
School science and microelectronics6056
Technology in school science—ways and means606
Developments in Business Education*120132
Course for teachers of computer operations*30–4025
The role of computers in management education*405

*Intended primarily for teachers in further education establishments.

The following regional courses have been organised with support from my



Planned number of places

Number of teachers attending

University of WarwickThe use of programmable calculators and micro-computers in science training1620
University of LeicesterMicrocomputers in secondary schools3030
University of SouthamptonThe educational implications of microprocessors2540
University of DurhamComputer education2526
University of NewcastleMicroelectronics in education6041

In the previous year two regional courses were attended by a total of 142 teachers. Information about regional courses proposed for the academic year 1980–81 is not yet available.