§ Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what action is being taken on the third principal recommendation of the Newsom Report, which relates to the general social problems, including education, in slum areas.
§ Mr. Crosland
The social problems referred to have to be tackled on many fronts. The Schools Council, in its consideration of curriculum for children affected by the raising of the school leaving age, is to give particular attention to the social problems arising, including those of children from slum areas or from the poorer homes. My Department has under consideration the problems involved in devising positive incentives for teachers to work in schools in slum areas. It has organised discussion of these problems at a conference of experienced headmasters and headmistresses on the subject "Education under social handicap" and have devoted three issues of the "Reports on Education" series to this topic.