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Tabulated Reports, in detail, on Schools inspected by Rev. M. Mitchell-continued.

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1852
125. Tresco, Mixed - 31 Aug. 62 17 14 56 Buildings, boys fair, infants good. Furniture moderate, fair. Books, boys fair, infants moderate; apparatus
Infants
53 10 9 52 moderate. Organization and methods usual. Discipline, boys fair, infants good; instruction, boys very

fair, infants fair. The schools are separate from each other by half a mile. Good square buildings, with

sufficient height and light.
126. St. Just,
Mixed 4 Sept. 62 104 106 90 Buildings fair. Three parallel desks in one group, moderate ; furniture moderate; small playground.

Books fair ; apparatus and discipline moderate. Organization in squares. Methods usual. The room has

a fair boarded floor. A gallery at one end, rather too large.
127. St. Buryan,
Mixed 6 Sept. 68 78 69 71 | Buildings fair. Desks moderate, to be reconstructed; furniture and apparatus moderate; playground and

books fair. Organization, four classes. Methods moderate. Discipline and instruction moderately fair.
128. Pendeen, Boys 7 Sept. 51

Buildings fair. Desks parallel; furniture, books, apparatus, discipline, and instruction moderate; small but Girls 100

fair playglound. Organization, old school. These schools have been built and are supported under the

greatest possible difficulties.
129. Redruth, Boys 8 Sept. 201 92 118 176 Buildings good; desks, books, discipline, and instruction moderate. Furniture and apparatus very moderate.

Large playground. Organization, parallel desks. Methods usual. The room is an old grammar school.

Master is fairly competent. 130. Crowan, Girls 9 Sept. 97 54 49 98 | Buildings very good; desks parallel. Furniture and playground good. Books, apparatus, and discipline fair.

Organization, five classes. Methods usual. Instruction moderately fair. The school-room and house are

very excellent. 131. Falmouth, Boys 10 Sept. 47

44 Buildings fair; desks very moderate round the room ; furniture very imperfect; playground small. Books Girls

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very imperfect; apparatus very moderate. Organization, boys in parallel lines, girls in squares. Methods usual. Discipline, boys very moderate, said to be improving girls very moderate; instruction very

moderate. Both schools need to be refitted, and to be supplied with proper books and apparatus. 182. Altarnon, Boys 13 Sept. 43

50 Buildings fair, stone floor: desks, furniture, books, apparatus, and discipline moderato; playground on ®

kreon. Methods usual in such schools. Instruction moderato and fair. 133. Douglas, St. George's,

28 Sept. 126 97 100 120 Buildings, boys and girls good, infants fair; class-room smntidesks, boys moderato, too large, and Ilve deep Girls

180 Infants

Kirl should to be refleted, infants gallery too high and large furniture fair playground, boys small yard, Eiris nud inmuita amal. Book tir, Infante moderate i Apparnlur, boys and girl kooda Infanta tur. Original

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antion, boys and girls in squaros, infants usual. Methods, boys usualgood, airls and infunts usual. Discipline, boys and infants good, girls fair; instruction, boys good, girls and infants fair. The girls rooin is

over the boys, and they are fair large rooms. The infants school is in a different strect.
15 50 45 Buildings, desks, furniture, playground, books, and apparatus fair.. Organization, parallel and square.

Methods usual. Discipline moderate; instruction very moderate. It is a fair room divided by a partition.
55 75 130 Buildings good, too low, infants class-room wanted; desks, two groups of parallel ; infants gallery too large;
67 92 115 furniture, boys and infants fair, girls good; playground, boys small, girls small yard, infants none. Books,
81 138 170 boys and girls fair, infants want some small early ones; apparatus, boys and infants fair, girls good.

Organization, boys and girls in squares, infants usual. Methods usual. Discipline, boys and infants fair,
girls good ; instruction fair. The girls school is over the boys; both rooms are too low. The fittings and

apparatus are good. The infant school is in a different street, and is lighted by skylights.
50 101 102 Buildings, desks (parellel), furniture, books, and apparatus fair; playground none. Organization in parallel

rows. Methods usual. Discipline and instruction moderate.' The floor is of brick and stone one half, the
other half wood. The windows are too small.

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40 140 Buildings good, too small for the number of children; desks round the room, and moderate; furniture and

apparatus moderate; playground fair. No apparatus. Books good. Organization in squares, and very
imperfect, as the room will not hold conveniently so many. Methods usual. Discipline very moderate;
instruction very good. The building is to be enlarged. A new piece of ground has been this day given for

the purpose.
100 Buildings too small; a new room is projected. Desks parallel, too large; furniture and discipline moderate;

playground good, no apparatus. Books, apparatus, and instruction fair. Organization, parallel rows.

Methods usual. Discipline moderate.
34 Buildings fair. Desks fair, round the room; furniture moderate; no playground. Books, apparatus,

and instruction very moderate. Organization in squares. Methods, usual of an untrained man. Discipline
moderate.

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19 37 Buildings fair, a great echo. Desks, furniture, apparatus, discipline, and instruction fair; playground

small. Books good. Organization, parallel desks. Methods usual. The room is very fair, but the echo is

intolerable.
86 150 Buildings good. Desks fair; furniture, apparatus, and discipline fair; playground fair, no apparatus. Books

good. Organization, parallel desks. Methods usual.
15 78 Buildings and books fair. Desks parallel, moderate; furniture and apparatus, boys moderate, girls fair; play-
12 75 ground small. Organization, in parallel desks and squares. Methods and instruction, boys very moderate.

Discipline, boys moderate. The girls school is over the boys.
5 30 Buildings and books fair. Desks parallel, moderate; furniture, apparatus, and instruction moderate;

playground none. Organization, parallel desks. Methods untrained. Discipline moderately fair. 27 56 Buildings good. Desks moderate, parallel, two deep; furniture and apparatus moderate; playground none.

Books, discipline, and instruction fair. Organization, parallel desks. Methods usual.

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Tabulated Reports, in detail, on Schools inspected by Rev. M. Mitchell-continued.

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Buildings, books, and discipline fair. Desks moderate ; furniture moderate; playground none. Apparatus

moderate, maps good. Methods very moderate. It is a small school by the road side. Instruction very

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80 Buildings fair. Desks very moderate, parallel, two deep; furniture, apparatus, discipline, and instruction

very moderate; playground none. Books moderate. Organization, four classes. Methods very imperfect. 14 16 90 Buildings fair, too dark. Desks parallel, and ranged as in the British and Foreign; furniture, apparatus, and

discipline moderate. Books fair. Organization, in long rows. Methods usual. The room is very dark, as

none of the windows are entirely open to the sky. 15 91 60 Buildings good. Desks parallel, fair ; furniture, books, and apparatus fair; playground good. Organization,

parallel desks. Discipline very moderate; instruction moderate. It is a new school, very prettily situated. 28 4.5 Buildings good. Desks fair, parallel, three groups. Furniture, books, and apparatus fair. Playground none.

Methods usual. Discipline moderate; instruction moderately fair. It is a good room with house attached. 52 50 80 Buildings and furniture good, Desks parallel, good, four groups three deep. Playground, a small yard.

Books and apparatus, fair ; four classes. Methods usual. Discipline moderate. Instruction very moderate.

It was originally a chapel, converted into a boys school, with a girls school above; two very good rooms. 30 39 39 Buildings and apparatus good. Desks parallel, two groups three deep. Furniture, playground, books, discipline,

and instruction fair. Organization, parallel desks and squares. Methods usual. A large oblong room. 70 100 30 Buildings, moderately fair. Large parallel desks. Furniture and books very moderate; no playground.

Apparatus fair. Organization in parallel desks. Methods usual. Discipline moderate. A fair-sized school,

very moderately furnished. 25 63 Buildings, furniture, playground, books, and apparatus fair. Desks parallel, two groups, fair. Organization,

in parallel desks and squares. Methods usual, moderato. Discipline moderate. Instruction very

moderato. It is attached to a chapel, separated by folding doors. The chapel is not consecrated. Buildings moderato, too dark; built with sea rond, and damp. Desks, furniture, apparatus, discipline, and

instruction very moderate. Playground, with swing. Books most imperfoot. Organization, three classes in squares. Methods very moderate.

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General Report, for the Year 1852, by Her Majesty's In

spector of Schools, the Rev. J. J. BLANDFORD, B.A., &c., on the Schools inspected by him in the Counties of Derby, Lincoln, Nottingham, Leicester, Rutland, and Northampton.

MY LORDS,

I HAVE the honor to present to your Lordships a report on the schools which I have inspected between the 2nd of November 1851 and the 31st of October 1852.

There are in my district 319 places where there are schools Number of which ought to be inspected every year, in consequence of the Sibited. managers having received money from the public funds, either towards the erection of the building, the improvement of the internal fittings, the purchase of books, or for the payment of pupil-teachers, or the augmentation salary of masters and mistresses. Of these 319 localities of schools thus liable to inspection I have only been able to visit 103 during the time mentioned above, leaving a remainder of 216, which, with the exception of nine, have not been inspected for two or three years; .nor do I see any possibility of their being inspected, unless the aid of an Assistant Inspector be given to me.

The inspection of a school, viewed in reference to the More time apprenticeship of pupil-teachers, the augmentation salary of quired for

inspection of masters and mistresses, and, I am glad to say, their increased each school. efficiency, combined with a higher standard of instruction, involves a much greater outlay of time than formerly. A double school (one consisting of boys and girls under separate teachers) which, before the apprenticeship of pupil-teachers, might conveniently be inspected in one day, now frequently requires a day and a half or even two days, in order to collect sufficient evidence as to its real state, and as to the methods of instruction employed by its teachers. Such subjects as geography and grammar, in which, previously to the apprenticeship, instruction might have been given only to the first class, would now be taught in several classes ; so that in a school con

; sisting of eighty children, divided into four classes of twenty each, an Inspector would have, as it were, to examine four little schools of different degrees of proficiency, but still learning many of the subjects taught in the first class. It is a matter of rather general complaint that teachers are apt to neglect, or not to give a sufficient portion of their time to, the instruction of the lower classes; and it is easy to see that this

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, at the periodical inspection, they found the lower classes only slightly examined, from want of sufficient time. It is also discouraging to the apprentices who have been engaged in the lower part of the school, to be left under the impression that sufficient time has not been devoted by the Inspector to the examination of their respective classes, upon which they may have bestowed great care and attention. I have endeavoured in the two last years of my tours of inspection to ascertain the attainments of each class in a school, and in a great many instances have recorded my impressions in the tables appended to my general report, not merely as to the state of the school generally, but as to its details, by reporting on each class. I have thus been able, after an examination, to point out to the teachers, with greater accuracy and more authority, any deficiencies which may exist, and at subsequent examinations any improvements effected, not only in reference to the whole school, but also in regard to particular classes. It is now doubly of importance, where there are pupil-teachers, to see a school at work in its usual way,—in its every-day dress,—and to observe the methods employed, in order to suggest, if necessary, alterations or improvements. It is not possible to do this at the same time that the actual examination of the children is being carried on. That will give the results of certain methods, but not the methods themselves; these latter are to be collected from quiet observation of the teachers who are conducting the school as usual. The services of an Assistant Inspector would be of much use in this district; the work would not be lighter on that account, but with this additional assistance much might be done which, without such aid, must of necessity be left undone, or, at the best, be done imperfectly.

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE.—It will now be my duty to give to your Lordships an account of those schools which have been visited in the East Midland district, commencing with those inspected in Northamptonshire, and dating from November 185). Seventeen schools have been examined in this county ; there are no very large ones, but amongst the largest are those at Northampton. Considerable alterations and improvements are contemplated in the All Saints' schools, which, though doing well, are singularly ill-contrived as to their internal arrangements. The plan proposed is to throw the boys and girls' school into one, and to build a new school for the latter; a better arrangement than this could not be devised, but it involves considerable outlay. Six pupil-teachers (three boys and three girls) have completed their apprenticeship in this school. New rooms are greatly needed also for the central school in this town. The present building is of an in

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