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Tabulated Reports, in detail, on the Roman Catholic Schools visited by T. W. M. Marshall, Esq.-continued.
Stella, R.C. Boys 1 to 6% 31
1 to 4g 34
1 293 56
1 to 3 e 122
4 59 67
6 122 (1) (a)()
USADNAU OBSERyan Stella.--Inspected 3rd August, 1849,-1. Fair. 2. Good. 3. Mixed. 4. Conveyed with tolerable skill, and not altogether insatisfactory in amount. 5. Diligent and stu.
assembled ou the day of inspection, spontaneously, and showed the greatest interest in dious, not highly qualified, but conducting his school in a creditable manner. 6. It is
the examination. They were afterwards questioned, in my presence, by the clergyman, found to be impossible to keep the children at school, in consequence of the great demand
in their replies.
in Scripture history and doctrine, and displayed extraordinary accuracy and knowledge
Nottingham.-Inspected 16th August, 1949,-1. Extremely complete and effective.
2. Perfect: nothing can be more satisfactory than the relations which exist between the this class. The children read, spell, and sing (from notes) remarkably well. 5. Intelli- children and their teachers. 3. Mainly those of the Christian Brother's. 4. Couveyed gent, laborious, and fully competent to guide and instruct her pupils. 6. A very pleas
with great pains and considerable success. 5. Highly educated, devoted to her work, ing school, and creditable to the teacher and managers. The demeanour of the children
and possessing many of the most important qualifications of an elementary teacher. is particularly gentle, and they appear to receive with great willingness the instruction 6. About 70 of the children in this school being under 7 years of age, it deserves to be provided for ihem. Mental arithmetic has been hitherto neglected.
classed with infant schools. It is found to be impossible to retain then after 12 or 13 Houghton-le-Spring.---Inspected 6th August, 1849.-1. Not on the best plan, but tole
years of age, in consequence of the constant demand for their labour in the lace-mills of
the town. A small gallery at one end of the room, of dimensions to receive about
that the children are not only not taught vocal music, but not even accustomed to sing
order of the school is very pleasing, and the best moral results are being obtained on a
East London, Virginia-street.-Inspected 25th September, 1849.–1. Quite efficient. 2.
Satisfactory. 3. Not scientific, likely to improve under present mistress. 4. Has been
hitherto very limited in amount, and not skilfully conveyed. 5. Has been six months at steadily progressing, and many of the objects of elementary education are fully attained
work, is intelligent and painstaking, and evidently solicitous to improve her own quali. in it.
fications, and to elevate the character of the school. 6. The school must be regarded as Girls.-1. As complete as the character of the room, and the arrangements of the desks,
only now beginning its real life, having languished for some years under the charge of &c., allow. 2. Excellent ; children cheerful, docile, and attached to their teacher. 3. Not scientific, but tolerably judicious and successful. 4. Very good in some points;
un incompetent teacher.
Spitalfields.-Inspected 26th September, 1849.—The school-room being under repair, it
Girls.-1. Imperfect. 2. Moderately good. 3. Those of a dame-school. 4. Very
meagre and unskilful. 5. Appears to have undertaken a tisk to which she
6. Everything is yet to be done in this school. The Committee raceived with great kind-
of the school. limited, and not skilfully conveyed. 5. Industrious, but quite unacquainted with sys- Clerkenwell.-Inspected 18th October, 1849.-1. Very imperfect and defective in contems and methods. It is proposed to give him an opportunity of spending some time in sequence of the unsuitable character of the building. 2. Not altogether satisfactory. 3. a good school. 6. The school buildings are miserably defective. There is no other Good in arithmetic, bul very unsatisfactory in grammar and geography. The first class school within four miles, and this is frequented by all classes of children, the religious read fluently but coarsely. 4. System of the Christian Brothers very feebly carried out. instruction being given in the chapel, and only to those whose parents desire that they 5. Master tolerably efficient, as far as I had opportunities of judging. 6. The attendance should receive it. No satisfactory results can be obtained till new buildings shall be has been greatly diminished by the prevailing malady. A new school-room is indispenerected. Some of the children, who appeared to be very amiable and intelligent, walk sable. I am inclined to think that this school is sacrificed to the evening school, which is eight miles a day to and from the schoul. It is surprising that, notwithstanding its conducted by the same teacher. manifest imperfections, the school should be so highly esteemed in the neighbouring Girls. This school was in the atmost disorder and confusion, in conseqnence of the country: the payments vary from ld. to 7d. per week. It appeared to me that the lat- absence of the mistress on account of dangerous illness. Suggestions were offered for its ter sum was a monstrous over-charge. About 40 children who had quitted the school improvement.
General Reports for 1848-9, on Schools in Scotland connected with
the Established Church, by John GORDON, Esq., one of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Schools in Scotland. MY LORDS,
Edinburgh, February, 1850. In the course of the last year, your Lordships' Minutes of 1846 have given rise to many applications for aid to schools in connection with the Church of Scotland. I have found much ocecupation in examining the claims thus presented; and, in regard to these, have already transmitted a general Report. Some of these applications were from Sessional Schools; and as many more schools of that class had been inspected, though not on occasion of their seeking aid, I have presented also a general Report on the Sessional Sehools of Edinburgh, Glasgow, and other large towns. Among the schools that sought apprenticeship of pupils, there were two differing in essential points from ordinary sehools: on these, the Aberdeen Female Asylum, and Milne's Free-sehool at Fochabers, I have appended special Reports. Such other sehools as have been both aided and inspected in the course of the last year, are shortly noticed in the appended Table.
I have the honor to be, &c.,
General Report by John Gordon, Esq., Her Majesty's Inspector
of Schools, on Examination of Candidates for Certificates of Merit, and on Apprenticeship of Pupil Teachers, in Schools in
connexion with the Established Church of Scotland. MY LORDS,
Edinburgh, December, 1849. Your Lordships have required of teachers who seek to benefit by the provision for increase of salary under your Minutes of 1846, that they appear, upon examination, to have attained a certain proficiency in such branches of knowledge as are commonly taught in the class of schools which they occupy. You have desired, also, to be informed in regard to their experience and skill in teaching, the opportunities of instruction which they have themselves enjoyed, and other particulars affecting the estimate of their merits. On these and other points, detailed reports have been already laid before your Lordships; and I have now the honour to present, by way of summary, the following statements in reference to the examinations of this
year. 1. The total number of Candidates examined in the course of the year was 109; 84 male and 25 female; the examinations taking place at Edinburgh in Spring; at Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Inverness in Autumn;
and continuing at each place six hours daily for five days.* The cases in which your Lordships have already decided, are only those of the Female Candidates examined in Spring; three fourths of whom have succeeded in obtaining your certificate of merit.
2. It is required by one of the rules on which these examinations were conducted, that all candidates should be, at the time, in actual employment or office as teachers : the admission was regulated accordingly, and the numbers occupying schools of the different descriptions are as follows :Schools.
25 That so few of the privately endowed schools are in this enumeration, may be owing to the circumstance that private
Spring examination, Edinburgh, attended by 12 Female Candidates.
8 Female. Edinburgh
46 Male. Aberdeen
10 Male. Do.
5 Female. Inverness
cndowment is not received in fulfilment of the pecuniary condition of augmentation ; while it is apt to supersede the
1 subscription which is received to that effect. Adventure or self-supporting schools are wanting here; because they cease to be of that denomination so soon as the subscription has been realized that enables the candidate to appear. The students of the Edinburgh Normal School attended at the request of its Directors, and by the appointment of your Lordships ; and the results of their examination will evince, how far that institution has attained its main object during the last twelve months. The schools taught by female candidates are all of the subscription class; for it is seldom that such schools are selfsupporting, and seldom, from the recency of their establishment, that they have the benefit of any permanent endowment. It may be added, that the subscription towards salary, which forms one of the candidate's titles to appear, seemed to have been called forth in sixteen instances, for the first time, by the offer of augmentation on that condition : such, in particular, was the case, in regard to all the parish schools. In all the Assembly, and in twelve of the subscription schools, the contribution of salary from private sources was not occasioned by the offer of augmentation, but is understood to have existed at a prior date, and to have been contemporary with their origin.
3. Some of the candidates, both male and female, were understood to have held their appointments as teachers, contingently on the result of the examination,-their schools being unable to maintain themselves without such aid as that of augmentation from the fund administered by your Lordships : about one eighth part of the whole number may be said to have stood in that situation. To some of those who were examined, the examination may be of no avail, if it shall appear that, in such cases, the condition of private subscription was not fulfilled. It may be remarked, farther, that four of the present candidates had failed on a former occasion; and that one now stood for a higher class certificate than he had formerly obtained, your Lordships having been desirous that such renewed attempts should be very specially encouraged.
4. The situation of the candidates, in respect of appear from the following distribution:
8 Betwixt 20 and 30
13 30 and 40
2 Upwards of 40
84 All the Normal School students and 25 of the other candidates were under 25 years of age : the foriner, in conformity with the rule which both Normal Schools have adopted on that head.
5. It is observed, that few of the candidates appear to have,