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Language Teachers

Volume 165: debated on Wednesday 17 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many qualified teachers there are in the high schools of the local education authorities in Wales of (a) Welsh, (b) German, (c) French, (d) Spanish, (e) Italian and (f) Latin; and if he will make a statement.

Provisional estimates of the numbers of secondary school language teachers holding a post A-level main subject qualification are shown in the table:

SubjectNumber of Teachers
Welsh1,100
German300
French1,000
Spanish100
Italian100
Classical Languages200
Teachers possessing a qualification in a particular subject will not necessarily be teaching that subject. The figures are obtained from the Welsh secondary staffing survey conducted in February and March of 1989.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will call a conference of local education authorities' parent-teacher associations and teacher unions to consider the need to increase the number of qualified foreign language teachers in Welsh high schools; and if he will make a statement.

No. The future pattern of demand for language teachers can be clearly determined in the light of the provisions of the national curriculum.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what measures he has taken to increase the number of qualified secondary teachers of (a) Welsh, (b) German, (c) French, (d) Spanish, (e) Italian and (f) Latin; and if he will make a statement.

The future demand for language teachers is being taken fully into account when setting the intakes to initial teacher training, in the revision of the criteria for initial teacher training courses and in planning the LEA in-service training grant scheme and education support grants.