Teachers (Probation Period)

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1967.

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Photo of Mr Gilbert Longden Mr Gilbert Longden , South West Hertfordshire 12:00 am, 20th July 1967

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether teaching in a direct grant school counts towards the necessary period of one year's probation.

Photo of Mrs Shirley Williams Mrs Shirley Williams , Hitchin

Yes, other than teaching in direct grant grammar schools, where probation is not a condition of employment.

Photo of Mr Gilbert Longden Mr Gilbert Longden , South West Hertfordshire

I thank the Minister of State for that reply. What justification is there for that?

Photo of Mrs Shirley Williams Mrs Shirley Williams , Hitchin

This does not mean that it is not possible to take teaching in direct grant grammar schools into account. It simply means that, because probation is not itself a condition of employment in direct grant grammar schools, we cannot equally require that it should be a condition by which probation is satisfied.