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Teacher Training

Volume 990: debated on Thursday 7 August 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) what was the total cost of the teacher training programme in the years 1977–78, 1978–79 and 1979–80;(2) what was the average cost of training, per teacher, in the years 1977–78, 1978–79 and 1979–80.

1977–78, 1978–79 and 1979–80; and what is the anticipated average expenditure per pupil in 1980–81.

The figures for England, underlying the Government's expenditure plans (Cmnd. 7841), are:courses at Warwick university and Lanchester polytechnic, Coventry; and if there are any vacancies.

The information for full-time and part-time students on courses in the academic year 1979‱ 80 is as follows:

With the reorganisation of teacher training within higher education, the costs of teacher training are not separately distinguishable from the rest of expenditure on higher education. I regret, therefore, that I cannot give precise figures for expenditure on teacher training. The average institutional cost of the higher education and professional training of a teacher in recent years is likely to have been of the order of £7,000 at 1980 survey prices.