Initial Teaching Alphabet

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 Paul Channon Mr Paul Channon , Southend West 12:00 am, 20th July 1967

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what plans he now has for encouraging the use of the initial teaching alphabet.

Photo of Mrs Shirley Williams Mrs Shirley Williams , Hitchin

The question of further developments in this field will be considered by the Schools Council when it has received and studied the report of the independent evaluation of the initial teaching alphabet which it has commissioned and which is expected in the autumn.

Photo of Mr Paul Channon Mr Paul Channon , Southend West

Does the Minister of State agree that in many areas this has proved to be an outstanding success? Will she do her best, on behalf of the Government, to ensure that it is not starved for lack of finance?

Photo of Mrs Shirley Williams Mrs Shirley Williams , Hitchin

The independent evaluation has been welcomed. Applications for research grant to continue studies in this field have been made to the Social Science Research Council, and we have reason to believe that an announcement will be made very soon.