Teachers (Interchange with Dominions).

Oral Answers to Questions — Education. – in the House of Commons on 31st July 1922.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Myers Mr Thomas Myers , Spen Valley

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asked the President of the Board of Education whether any scheme or arrangement is at the present time in force in respect of the interchange of school teachers between this country and the Dominions; if so, will he say whether such scheme has received the sanction and approval, or comes within the administrative functions, of his Department; and what is the position of teachers in respect of status, salary, and superannuation who for any period accept service in the Dominions under the arrangement?

Mr. LEWIS:

A scheme for this purpose is being conducted by, or in connection with, the League of the Empire. It is not administered by the Board of Education, though they are concerned with the recognition of the expenditure incurred in England and Wales on salaries of teachers coming from the Dominions. As regards teachers going to the Dominions, certain provisional arrangements have been made for recognising their service there for the purpose of increments of salary on their return to England, and their service in certain schools or institutions there may be counted as qualifying service for purposes of superannuation in England. My right hon. Friend hopes that these matters may be discussed at the forthcoming Imperial Education Conference.

(1) PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN ENGLAND AND WALES.
Year.New school and departments opened.*New premises opened for existing schools or departments.Net increase in public elementary school accommodation.
1910–191127877-227,437†
1911–19122488355,249
1912–19132877581,936
1913–19142239176,969
1914–19151445835,710
1915–1916784915,186
1916–191733176,653
1917–19182413,720
1918 (Ang.)–1920 (Mar).74‡7,403
1920–192190‡35,995
* Including existing schools, or schools in existing premises, receiving recognition as Public Elementary Schools.
† Decrease due to reassessment on 9 and 10 square feet basis.
‡ Including schools reopened after temporary war closure.
(2) SECONDARY SCHOOLS in England and Wales (recognised for grants under the Regulations for Secondary Schools).
Year.Number of schools opened.Accommodation.
1910–1911368,523
1911–19124110,086
1912–1913368,528
1913–1914267,488
1914–1915184,563
1915–191671,781
1916–191741,140
1917–19182660
1918–1919
1919–19204995
1920–19212328
1921–1922102,048

Photo of Sir Harry Brittain Sir Harry Brittain , Acton

How many teachers have been exchanged?

M. LEWIS:

I am not in a position to give that information.