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Backward Children (Teachers' Courses)

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th April 1957.

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Photo of Mr Victor Collins Mr Victor Collins , Shoreditch and Finsbury 12:00 am, 11th April 1957

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Education what steps he is taking to provide additional diploma courses for teachers of backward children.

Photo of Sir Edward Boyle Sir Edward Boyle , Birmingham Handsworth

There are at present three one-year courses of additional training for teachers of backward children, and a further course is arranged to begin this autumn. Two one-term courses are also held each year. My noble Friend hopes shortly to issue a circular on the training of teachers of handicapped children, including backward children.

Photo of Mr Victor Collins Mr Victor Collins , Shoreditch and Finsbury

Is the Minister aware that out of 72,000 children suitable for special schools only one-third can be properly trained, and that about 150 trained teachers are needed every year? This is a very important matter. Can the Minister say whether the consideration now being given to it is likely to produce each year quite that number of specially trained teachers?

Photo of Sir Edward Boyle Sir Edward Boyle , Birmingham Handsworth

I agree that this is an extremely important matter. The circular to which I have referred encourages the establishment of additional training courses for teachers of the handicapped—both one-year courses and shorter courses.