Results 221–240 of 1242 for speaker:Mr John Butcher

Orders of the Day — Education (Assisted Places) (20 Jul 1989)

Mr John Butcher: My hon. Friend the Whip advised me not to prolong the debate, and in order to put Labour out of its misery we should not do so. We have been given enough material tonight to keep us going until the next general election. Labour has been exposed as the party not of equality and opportunity but of dull uniformity and mediocrity. That is Labour's game. It believes in equality—full stop. We...

Orders of the Day — Education (Assisted Places) (20 Jul 1989)

Mr John Butcher: I have had quite enough fun tonight, and I commend the regulations to the House.

Orders of the Day — Education (Assisted Places) (20 Jul 1989)

Mr John Butcher: I beg to move, That the draft Education (Assisted Places) Regulations 1989, which were laid before this House on 26th June, be approved. The draft regulations consolidate with certain small amendments, which I will describe, the Education (Assisted Places) Regulations 1985 as amended in 1986, 1987 and 1988. The assisted places scheme was established in 1981 for the purpose of widening the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Licensed Teachers (4 Jul 1989)

Mr John Butcher: Candidates for licensed teacher status must have successfully completed at least two years full-time higher education or the part-time equivalent; have attained a standard in English and mathematics equivalent to GCSE grade C; and have reached the age of 26 before they take up their post as a licensed teacher.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Licensed Teachers (4 Jul 1989)

Mr John Butcher: I can certainly give my hon. Friend that assurance. The beauty of the licensed teachers scheme is that there will be two years of training which will be assessed and, if satisfactorily completed, will permit that teacher to go into the classroom on a qualified and professional basis. That contrasts with the current position of no requirement for formal training. Indeed, a number of teachers...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Licensed Teachers (4 Jul 1989)

Mr John Butcher: The retirement conditions that pertain for those who qualify through the traditional route will also pertain for those who come through the licensed teachers scheme. Our whole objective is that once licensed teachers are in the classroom, they should have equal opportunities, terms and conditions across the board.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Schools (Ancillary Workers) (4 Jul 1989)

Mr John Butcher: My right hon. Friend receives occasional letters on this subject.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Schools (Ancillary Workers) (4 Jul 1989)

Mr John Butcher: I join the hon. Gentleman in paying tribute to the work of school secretaries. Head teachers and staff rely on them and the vast majority discharge their duties very well indeed. We have no plans to change the way in which their pay is negotiated. As the hon. Gentleman knows, that is done with the local authority associations and most local education authorities tend to go along with the pay...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Schools (Ancillary Workers) (4 Jul 1989)

Mr John Butcher: My hon. Friend is right. We wish to push responsibility upstream to where it is most required—the chief executive, the head and the governing body. They can make decisions on salaries across a range of activities in the best interests and given the particular needs of their school. That is a major improvement and one of the major advantages of local management for schools.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Teachers (Resignations) (4 Jul 1989)

Mr John Butcher: The latest available data are for the year ending March 1987, when 12,730 teachers left full-time service in the maintained nursery and primary sector in England. Of these, 1,320 transferred to full-time service elsewhere in the maintained sector in England and Wales and 1,300 to part-time service in the maintained sector. A further 4,300 retired and 200 died.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Teachers (Resignations) (4 Jul 1989)

Mr John Butcher: The hon. Gentleman is utterly wrong. A substantial proportion of those who leave the profession do so for maternity or retirement reasons. That is evidence of a remarkably stable teaching force. As the interim advisory committee has reported, those who leave teaching to go into other professions represent about 1 per cent. of the teaching force. That cannot be described in any way in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Teachers (Resignations) (4 Jul 1989)

Mr John Butcher: That is an excellent scheme. Through appropriate and imaginative measures, a large number of teachers can he persuaded to re-enter the profession. Their expertise will be greatly welcomed. I am sure that other local authorities are observing that experiment with great interest.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Teachers (Resignations) (4 Jul 1989)

Mr John Butcher: One of the great strengths of the British system is the primary sector. Having visited Germany recently I am confirmed in that belief and I pay tribute to our primary school teachers. The Opposition's assertions have more to do with propaganda than with fact. In the primary sector we have a stable work force and the teaching force is behaving professionally. The facts on recruitment into...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Links with Business and Industry (6 Jun 1989)

Mr John Butcher: Resources are made available for the development of links between schools and business through a number of initiatives involving schools, local education authorities and national organisations. The Department makes direct contributions to particular projects and organisations, publishes and distributes information, and makes funding available to local education authorities for the training of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Links with Business and Industry (6 Jun 1989)

Mr John Butcher: My hon. Friend, with his great experience in these matters, makes a serious point. We wish to see best practice become common practice, and my hon. Friend's erstwhile colleagues in the Confederation of British Industry are considering how to bring co-ordination to bear on a range of links between education and industry. However, we do not wish to dampen local enthusiasm and dynamism, which...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Links with Business and Industry (6 Jun 1989)

Mr John Butcher: When the initiative was first discussed there was some cynicism, which I believe has now all but evaporated. I am delighted that TVEI is being pursued with such enthusiasm, particularly by teachers. It has been a great success. In particular, it seems to "turn on" certain categories of pupil who may find the traditional curriculum less exciting than they would wish. A spend of some £900...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Links with Business and Industry (6 Jun 1989)

Mr John Butcher: There is no conflict between our traditional desire for the education of the whole man—or the whole person—and the need to establish links with the world of commerce and industry. I put it to the hon. Gentleman that someone who leaves our school system without the basic capability of standing on his or her own feet is not a whole person. Our main priority must be to give people that first...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Careers Education (6 Jun 1989)

Mr John Butcher: The Department's publication "National Curriculum—From Policy to Practice", published this year, emphasises the place of careers education and guidance within the whole curriculum. The National Curriculum Council is considering the place of personal and social education—and it sees careers education and guidance as an important part of this—in the same context.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Careers Education (6 Jun 1989)

Mr John Butcher: Instead of peddling alarm and despondency the hon. Gentleman will have to await the outcome of a number of studies of this matter. It is not as simple as he states. Indeed, I vigorously deny a number of his assertions. I met careers guidance teachers three weeks ago and discussed their interest in ensuring the place of careers guidance within the national curriculum and was able to reassure...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Deaf Children (6 Jun 1989)

Mr John Butcher: In January 1988 the total number of children in England with a statement of special educational needs under the Education Act 1981 was 138,067. We do not have separate figures for deaf children.


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