Results 261–280 of 1242 for speaker:Mr John Butcher

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Licensed Teachers (2 May 1989)

Mr John Butcher: The number of licensed teachers will depend on the suitability of candidates presenting themselves for licensed teacher status and the extent to which local education authorities and school governing bodies wish to appoint them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Licensed Teachers (2 May 1989)

Mr John Butcher: Teachers' pay has increased by 40 per cent. in the past three years. In looking for signs about whether morale is improving or otherwise, the House will recognise that the response of the teaching profession to the major reform of GCSE and the extent to which teachers are opting for training, with enthusiasm, on the national curriculum are not signs of a profession that is demoralised. We...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Licensed Teachers (2 May 1989)

Mr John Butcher: That idea has been mooted fairly often in the past few years. Some teachers in the profession would like an organisation that would speak for them as a professional body and not as a politicised, unionised body. That issue is still open. Either through ignorance or otherwise some of the teachers' unions have made assertions on the subject of licensed teachers which are quite untrue. At the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Licensed Teachers (2 May 1989)

Mr John Butcher: Let us assume that such an individual has an HND, which is not a graduation in the strict sense of the word. That person would be eligible to do two years' teacher training in a school. Only if he satisfies those who must assess him for that can he enter into the profession. I am not aswering an unequivocal "yes" to the hon. Gentleman's question. I would like to look at it in a little further...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Licensed Teachers (2 May 1989)

Mr John Butcher: I say to anyone who has any doubts about the ethos and efficacy of CTCs that they should go to Nottingham and talk to that excellent head and director. He is going to build and staff an inner-city school which will change the life chances of inner-city children. That is what CTCs are all about. He is making those children fit for the world of work and they will be whole men and women into...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Primary Schools (Staffordshire) (4 Apr 1989)

Mr John Butcher: In cash terms, Staffordshire spent £370 per primary pupil in 1978–79 and £980 per primary pupil in 1987–88. At 1987–88 prices those figures are £755 and £980 respectively.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Primary Schools (Staffordshire) (4 Apr 1989)

Mr John Butcher: I fail to understand how the word "cut" can be used accurately in relation to education budgets. Nationally there has been a 35 per cent. increase in real terms in expenditure per pupil and a not too dissimilar increase in Staffordshire. My hon. Friend is absolutely right: those of us who wish to see improvements in standards of education have put our money where our mouths are and have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Primary School Teachers (4 Apr 1989)

Mr John Butcher: The 1987 primary school staffing survey showed that there were 22·5 hours of taught lessons in the average pupil's week in maintained primary schools in England. Within that total, teachers had an average of two hours' non-contact time.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Primary School Teachers (4 Apr 1989)

Mr John Butcher: Non-contact time within the pupil week is not the whole story. Considerably more non-teaching time is available within the 1,265 hours a year that teachers are required to work, and that can be used to prepare for the national curriculum. Of the 195 days a year on which a teacher is required to work, five may be used for in-service training, and schools may close for two days this year...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Primary School Teachers (4 Apr 1989)

Mr John Butcher: As I said earlier, considerable discretionary allocation of time is available to headmasters. Some 800 of the 1,265 hours are direct teaching time. I should have thought that the activity to which my hon. Friend refers could be catered for within a well-managed school, provided that headteachers were prepared to use their management discretion appropriately. That, indeed, was one of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Primary School Teachers (4 Apr 1989)

Mr John Butcher: The position described by the hon. Gentleman is simply not reflected in the facts. Primary class contact rates have fallen from 91 per cent. in 1984 to 89 per cent. in 1988. That means that, on average, teachers are spending less time in front of classes. The question of teacher shortages is complex. We understand that there are geographical and, indeed, subject difficulties, and I hope that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Pupil-Teacher Ratio (4 Apr 1989)

Mr John Butcher: The overall pupil-teacher ratio in maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools has improved from 17·9 in January 1984 to 17 in January 1988. There are now more teachers relative to pupils than ever before.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Pupil-Teacher Ratio (4 Apr 1989)

Mr John Butcher: Yes, I should like to report to the House on initial teacher training, but before I do so let me give the House some new information. We have received a massive response to our recent advertising campaign, and more than 8,000 people have expressed an interest in teaching as a career. Surely that gives the lie to the assertion that those who wish to enter the teaching profession are being...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Pupil-Teacher Ratio (4 Apr 1989)

Mr John Butcher: I do not have a breakdown of subjects of interest referenced by those 8,000 responses. If the hon. Gentleman looks at the figures from the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers he will find that there was a higher placement of teachers of maths and science than was the case for teaching in the generality. The fact is that many people are looking for a job in the profession. There...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: School Closures (4 Apr 1989)

Mr John Butcher: In considering statutory proposals for school reorganisations, my right hon. Friend takes full account of all representations made by parents, both for and against the proposals.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: School Closures (4 Apr 1989)

Mr John Butcher: The section 12 proposal has now been issued, and we will look at it—as we look at all section 12 proposals—on its merits, separate from the consideration of the CTC.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: School Closures (4 Apr 1989)

Mr John Butcher: Of course, we look at the merits of a particular school proposed for closure. Indeed, I take very seriously representations from parents who are concerned to maintain the quality of an existing, well-managed school with a good ethos. Matters of that sort will be taken into account.

Orders of the Day — Children (Special Educational Needs) (13 Mar 1989)

Mr John Butcher: First, I thank the hon. Member for Birmingham, Perry Barr (Mr. Rooker) for raising the debate and for the manner in which he made his speech. Clearly he spoke not only for the interests of his constituents but on a number of general issues which have exercised his concern for some time. I, too, have been impressed by the sheer commitment of parents of children with statemented needs. The way...

Orders of the Day — Children (Special Educational Needs) (13 Mar 1989)

Mr John Butcher: That is potentially a major debate in its own right. Indeed, if I were sitting where my hon. Friend is sitting, I would join him in making a fairly lengthy speech about the rigidities in national pay systems and structures. I suspect that that will loom larger and larger in my Department, the Department of Health and in other major employers of public service personnel and I hope that it will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science: Trafford (Secondary Education) (28 Feb 1989)

Mr John Butcher: My right hon. Friend has received 19 letters in support of the Trafford local education authority's proposals to reorganise secondary education, 270 statutory objections and 96 non-statutory objections. He has also had requests from two hon. Members for meetings to discuss the proposals, and a similar request from Trafford LEA.


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