FIVE POINT DEMAND TO BOARD OF EDUCATION
Fio», r Educational Corr(sponden.t Five resolutions were adopted by the Catholic Teachers' Conference held at Newcastle-on-Tyile last week. They were : (1) That the Board of Education should aid the reorganisation of NonProvided Schools under the 1936
Act, wherever the Local Education Authority have not done so. (Carried nem. con.) (2) In view of demands for a wide extension of nursery education, the Conference is emphatically of opinion that: "NO PLACE LIKE HOME" (a) The best place for the training and for the normal development of children under five years of age should be the home; (b) The defects deplored in the preschool population are largely the result of bad social conditions, such as unemployment, inadequate wages, bad housing and their numerous attendant evils;
(c) Where nursery schools and classes are unfortunately found necessary, they should be regarded as a Itimporary palliative and not as a positive solution; and therefore this Conference urges the Government to introduce a bold national social policy built upon the basic principles of—work for the man-power of the nation, and a family living wage.
(3) Consequent on the operation of the 1936 Education Act, this Conference emphatically urges:
(a) The appointment of the head teacher to a Catholic senior school shall, in the first instance, be confined to the head teachers of the contributory Catholic schools within the group: (b) In the appointment of reserved assistant teachers, due consideration shall be given to the wishes of the members of existing staffs of the contributory schools.
(4) That as it is the duty of the Local Education Authority to maintain and keep efficient all public elementary schools of the area, and as such efficiency is now largely determined by the pinvision of suitable playground space for the physical instruction, the Board of Education call upon the Local Education Authority to meet the full cost of improving Non-Provided School playgrounds in order to render them efficient parts of the elementary schools.
PARITY OF TREATMENT (5) That since education is a national social service all teachers of the same professional grade shall, on displacement, be given parity of treatment.
Miss F. McCabe, the retiring President, opened the Conference in an appropriate speech of welcome to the delegates and to the distinguished visitors, three of whom were the " first citizens" of their respective towns.
The Right Hon. the Lord Mayor of Newcastle-on-Tyne accorded a civic welcome to Conference members.
Mgr. Joseph McCormick, Bishop of Ilexharn and Newcastle, then addressed the Conference. He expressed his appreciation of the work of the teachers: he hoped that their deliberations would be fruitful of much good; assured them of his earnest support, and recommended every teacher in his
diocese tr be a member of the Feder-:r tion.
The Chairman of the Newcast Education Committee, Sir George Lumn. D.L., J.P., D.C.L., assured his hearers ()I his deep interest in their views, recognised their devotion to their principles. and assured the Conference of his willing co-operation with Catholic: Managers in their schemes of reorganisation in carrying out the Education Act (1936).
The Mayor of Durham, Countillne W. F. Edge, declared that he was deeply interested iii the work of the Federation, not only for their views as teachers, but as Catholic teachers, shim, he himself was a Catholic.
The President then addressed the Conference.
" There are many," he said who deprecate the multiplicity of Teachers' organisations and may wonder what is the scope of the Catholic Teachers' Federation. Its objects are well known to you all, but I feel that its main object must be to provide the platform, for the voicing of Catholic teachers' professional thoughts and views, and making them known to the outside world.
"During the past year the schemes of reorganisation of Catholic schools under the 1936 Act have been completed, and submitted to the local education authorities. The New Year will see the agreements between the Local Education Authority and the Catholic authorities drawn up—and on these agreements will depend the fate of the teachers now in our schools. .
"Already one local educatirm authority has passed conditions for the appointment of head teachers to the new reorganised senior schools, which make it impossible for many existing head teachers to be appointed to the new senior schools, In only one instance have I been able to ascertain that the Local Education Authority has put into writing what it will do with its displaced non-provider: head teachers. . .
SYSTEM OF PALLIATIVES .