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SCHOOLS IN THE PRESBYTERIES OF HAMILTON, MEIGLE,
LANGHOLM, AND KINTYRE.
General Report, by J. Gordon, Esq.
ISLE OF MAN.
THE DOCKYARD SCHOOLS.
Report on, by Rev. H. Moseley
TRAINING COLLEGE OF ST. MARK'S, CHELSEA.
CHESTER DIOCESAN TRAINING COLLEGE.
WHITELANDS INSTITUTION FOR THE TRAINING OF
Joint Report on, by Rev. A. Thurtell and Rev. M. Mitchell.
POPULAR EDUCATION IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES.
Statistics collected from Documents transmitted from the Foreign Em-
bassies, as to the State of Education in-
SCHOOLS OF PAROCHIAL UNIONS IN ENGLAND AND WALES,
At the Council Chamber, Whitehall, the 18th day of
December, 1847; By the Right Honorable the Lords of the COMMITTEE of
Council on EDUCATION ; Further Minute on the Administration of the Grant voted by Par
liament, for the Salaries of Masters and Mistresses of Schools of
Parochial Unions in England and Wales. Their Lordships had under their consideration the progress of the Inspection of Schools of Parochial Unions, in connexion with the distribution of the grant of 30,0001. for the salaries of the teachers of these schools.
This grant was introduced to the attention of Parliament by a declaration from Sir Robert Peel that it should be employed as a means for the improvement of this class of schools.
As a preliminary measure, their Lordships had recommended to Her Majesty the appointment of five Inspectors, four of whom have been some months employed, and have visited the majority of these schools in England.
The power to regulate the salaries of the teachers, and to issue regulations for the government of these schools, being vested in the Poor Law Commission, their Lordships considered it expedient to await the organization of the new Commission for the Poor Laws, ere they issued instructions to Her Majesty's Inspectors, affecting the administration of this grant. Meanwhile the Lords of the Treasury have permitted those teachers' salaries to be paid, which had been voted by the Boards of Guardians, and sanctioned by the late Commissioners of Poor Laws.
When the amount of these salaries was determined by the Guardians, they were paid out of the rates of each parochial union; and the discretion of each local Board as to their amount was seldom in any degree interfered with. No common standard of qualification or rate of salary had been agreed upon; and consequently great disparity exists, in both these particulars, in different Unions. If this mode of administration were permitted to continue, the Boards of Guardians would henceforth
grant salaries derived not from the funds of the parochial union, but from a central fund at their own discretion, and without any general regulation, as to rate of salary, which might render it proportionate to the qualifications and duties of the teacher.
Their Lordships therefore resolved, that, it is expedient to bring under the consideration of the Commissioners of Poor Laws, and of the Lords of the Treasury, the paper written by direction of Sir George Grey, relative to the distribution of the grant; and their Lordships recommend the adoption of the following regulations,
That, during the year 1848, the Inspectors of schools be instructed to examine the qualifications of the teachers of workhouse schools, in accordance with the plan embodied in the above paper.
That the Boards of Guardians be, during the year, informed what are the qualifications of these teachers, and the certificate and salary which, in the year 1849, would be awarded to them, if their qualifications remained unchanged.
That in the year 1849 every teacher be again examined for a certificate, and that the salaries granted in that year be in each case determined by the certificate attained by the teacher, and by the extent of his duties, as follows; To a schoolmaster holding
a certificate of permission, granted for one year, a salary of from 57. to 151.
a certificate of probation, granted for one year, a salary of from 151. to 301.
a certificate of competency, a salary of from 301. to 401.
a certificate of efficiency, a salary
of from 401. to 501. and upwards. That salaries of two-thirds of these sums be granted to schoolmistresses holding these certificates respectively.
That, as certain of the masters now holding office may be unable to obtain certificates entitling them to their present salaries, the Poor Law Commissioners be recommended to permit the Guardians to provide for one year the difference (between the grant awarded and the salary voted) from the rates of the Union.
That the certificates be determined by the Committee of Council on Education, on the Report and Examination Papers submitted by Her Majesty's Inspectors of schools; and that the decision be communicated from time to time to the Poor Law Commissioners, who will inform the Lords of the Treasury.
That it be recommended to the Poor Law Commission to issue regulations to every Board of Guardians, requiring, as conditions of these grants, that convenient and respectably fur.