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Staffing the Schools.^ J ———— iii -——— REVISION BY THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE. A special meeting of the Borough Edu- cation Committee was held on "Wednesday evening when the schools were re-staffed. Seven Thousand Children. I The Chairman (Coun. J. Walter Thomas) said the Committee would find at the classes at the various schools were abnormally large at present. Coun. D. Jennings: I understand that there are about 7,000 children in the schools, which is the largest number we have ever had. The Chairman: Yes, but that will ad- just itself by children leaving. Coun. D. R. Jones: I take it that after the war we shall have to enlarge the schools. fiigyn Boys' School. I The Clerk explained that the above -school was staffed for 31Q and the aver- age attendance was 310. It was decided to allow the staff to re- main as at present. Bigyn Cirls' School. I This school was staffed for 305 and a.s the average attendance was 263 no change I -was made. Bigyn Infants' School. ( It was explained that the average at- tendance at the above school was 296 and that it was staffed for 260.-No change. Copperworks Beys' School. ] The average attendance was 264, and the mean attendance 269, while the school was staffed for 275. Coun. W. Powell Rees: In this school one teacher has to take no less than 84 children. Coun. W. Powell Rees But this school is no worse off than Bigyn Boys' School. The Chairman It is a difficult school to work as it is at present. Coun. Clement: Where is the class of 84 if the head-teacher takes Standard 6 ? The Chairman said the head-teachers arranged their own staffs, and he always feund that the female teachers were taking the bigger classes which in his opinion was wrong. AVhen they saw a male taking a class of forty while a female bad a class of sixty it was time to think although it was true the males took the higher classes. Coun. Powell Rees proposed that an ad- ditional teacher be appointed at Copper- works Boys' School. Miss Rees seconded. The Chairman You must bear in mind that the same thing will have to be done at Old Road Boys' School. Coun. Jennings: Can't we arrive at a eompromise ? I suggest that we transfer the -uncertificated teacher to Old Road Boys' School and appoint a certificated teacher at Copperworks. It was decided to adopt Coun. Jennings' suggestion. Copperworks Cir.,Gl school. I When it was reported that this school was staffed for 310 and that the average atendance was 266, it was decided that the staff should remain unchanged. Copperworks Infants' School. This school was staffed for 250, and the average attendance was 264.—No change. Lakefield Road Boys' School. The average attendance at the above school was 304, and as it was staffed for 310, no change was made. Lakefield Cirls' School. The Clerk explained that the number of scholars on the books at present was 412, the average attendance being 374, while it was staffed for 310. In this school, he added, there were very large classes, there being 85 children under the charge of one certificated teacher. It was decided that the staff should re- main unaltered. Lakefield infants' School. I It was pointed out that whilst the average attendance at this school was 571 it was staffed for 310. Coun. W. E. Clement: We can transfer someone from this school. The Clerk: Miss Rees is away now on account of ill-health. It was decided to transfer an uncerti- ficated teacher to this school instead of Miss Hopkins, who should be transferred to another school. Market Street Girts1 School. I The average attendance at the above I school was 315, and it was. staffed for 345. 1 -No change. Market Street Infants' SchooL This school was staffed for 285, and the average attendance was 257.-No alter- ation. New Dock Boys* School. I The above school was staffed for 275, I while the average attendance was 294, II and it was decided to transfer Miss I Nicholas from the New Dock Infants' to this school, aad also to transfer Mr Llew. P. Hughes to the Higher Elementary, I and to advertise for a successor. I I New Dock CirlS' School. This school had an average of 271, and it was staffed for 271. It was deeided to place Mrs. Rose Rogers who had be^j appointed tempor- arily on the staff wlich otherwise was allowed to remain unaltered. New Dock Infants' School. The average attendance at the above school was 234, and it was staffed for 270. Coun. Clement: Isn't it possible to have more certificated teachers for this school ? Why should preferential treat- ment be given to other schools ? The Chairman: Miss Nicholas is to leave this school and we propose placing Miss James, a certificated teacher, in her stead. And they are all experienced unccrti- ficated teachers at this school. Coun. Jennings: Is there any sugges- tion from the head teacher P The Clerk: No, she would not change her staff as she is quite satisfied. It was decided to make the alterations mentioned above in the staff. Old Road Boys' School. This school was staffed for 260, but Miss H. E. Hughes has left for a Train- ing College. The average attendance was 207. As stated above it wa,s decided to trans- fer an uncertificated teacher from Copper- works Boys' School to this school. Oid Road Cirls' School. It was decided that the staff of this school should remain unchanged., the school being staffed for 250, and the average attendance was 223. Old Road Infants' School. It was also resolved that the staff of the above school should remain as at pre- sent, the average attendance being 161, and the staff counted for 210. Park Street School. No change was made in the staff of the a bove school, the average attendance be- ing 272, and the staff counted for 310. Stobonheath School. The average attendance here was. 410 and the school was staffed for 395.-No change. Church of England Boys' School. This school was staffed for 210, and the average attendance was 197.—No change. Church of England Cirls' School. In this school the average attendance n-as 143, and the sefeool was staffed for 195.—No change. Church of En-gland Infants' School. The staff at this school counted for 160 and the average attendance was 158.- No change. Roman Catholic School. This school was staffed for 125 and the average attendance was 101.—No change.

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