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Tabulated Reports, in detail, ou the Roman Catholic Schools visited by T. W. M. Marshall, Esq.-continued.

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Stella, R.C. Boys 1 to 6/ 31
Girls ...1 to 49 34 20

(a)
Honghton-le- 1923f 69
Spring.R.C.Boys 4g5f
Elartie pool R.C.
Boys...

1 293 56

44569 Girls 1.2 to 103

63 11 4 y56f

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Uithorpe, R.C.

1 2. f 31
Nottingham St.
Mary's, R.C.
Girls I to 3e 122 | 6 122 8

4 5 9

Boys

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GENERAL OBSERVATIONS.

Stella.- Inspected 3rd August, 1849.-1. Fair. 2. Good. 3. Mixed. 4. Conveyed
with tolerable skill, and not altogether unsatisfactory in amount. 5. Diligent and stu.
dious, not highly qualified, but conducting his school in a creditable manner. 6. It is
found to be impossible to keep the children at school, in consequence of the great demand
for their labour, which commences in the coalpits at 7 years of age.
Girls.- 1. Fair. 2. Very satisfactory. 3. Mixed. 4.

Unusually good for a school of
this class. The children read, spell, and sing (from notes) remarkably well. 5. Intelli-
gent, laborious, and fully competent to guide and instruct her pupils.' 6. A very pleas.
ing school, and creditable to the teacher and managers. The demeanour of the children
is particularly gentle, and they appear to receive with great willingness the instruction
provided for ihem. Mental arithmetic has been hitherto neglected.

Houghton-le-Spring.--Inspected 6th August, 1849.-1. Not on the best plan, but tole-
rably efficient. 2. Quite satisfactory. 3. Adapted from those of the Westminster Train-
ing School. 4. Too limited in amount, and conveyed with moderate skill. 5. Appears
desirous to improve himself; is assisted by his wife, who is only competent to teach
needlework. 6. This is a mixed school, of an humble class, but not without some pleas-
ing features. Many of the children who frequent it come from considerable distance,
yet the attendance is by no means irregular." Vocal music is tanght by the clergyman
with some degree of success; the senior class is capable of executing pieces of music of
moderate difficulty.

Hartlepool.-Inspected 7th August, 1819.-1. Tolerably complete ; upon the plan of the
Christian Brothers. 2. Children orderly and well mannered. 3. System of Christian
Brothers. 4. Deficient in amount, etymology neglected. 5. A very amiable and worthy
teacher, industrious, and endeavouring to extend his qualifications. 6. The

school is
steadily progressing, and many of the objects of elementary education are fully attained
in it.

Girls.- 1. As complete as the character of the room, and the arrangements of the desks,
&c., allow. 2. Excellent ; children cheerful, docile, and attached to their teacher.
3. Not seientific, but tolerably judicious and successful. 4. Very good in some points;
the elder girls have a fair knowledge of English history. I was particnlarly struck
with the almost total absence of provincial intonation; great pains have been taken to
secure this. 5. Very zealous and painstaking. 6. had occasion to visit this school in
the spring, and find that there has been a remarkable progress in almost every depart-
ment since that period. I have seen no more gratifying example in this respect: the im-
provement is most creditable both to the leacher and to the children,

Ugthorpe.- Inspected 9th August, 1849.-1. Very imperfect, owing to the unsuitable
character and defective furniture of the school.room. 2. Excellent. 3. None. 4. Too
limited, and not skilfully conveyed. 5. Industrious, but quite unacquainted with sys-
tems and methods. It is proposed to give him an opportunity of spending some time in
a good school. 6. The school buildings are miserably defective. There is no other
school within four miles, and this is frequented by all classes of children, the religious
instruction being given in the chapel, and only to those whose parents desire that they
should receive it. No satisfactory results can be obtained till new buildings shall be
erected. Some of the children, who appeared to be very amiable and intelligent, walk
eight miles a day to and from the schoul. It is surprising that, notwithstanding its
manifest imperfections, the school should be so highly esteemed in the neighbouring
country: the payments vary from ld. to 7d. per week. It appeared to me that the lat-
ter sum was a monstrous over-charge. About 40 children who had quitted the school

assembled on the day of inspection, spontancousiy, and showed the greatest interest in
the examination. They were afterwards questioned, in my presence, by the clergyman,
in Scripture history and doctrine, and displayed extraordinary accuracy and knowledge
in their replies.

Nottingham.-Inspected 16th August, 1849.-1. Extremely complete and effective.
2. Perfect : nothing can be more satisfactory than the relations which exist between the
children and their teachers. 3. Mainly those of the Christian Brother's. 4. Conveyed
with great pains and considerable success. 5. Highly educated, devoted to her work,
and possessing many of the most important qualifications of an elementary teacher.
6. About 70 of the children in this school being under 7 years of age, it deserves to be
classed with infant schools. It is found to be impossible to retain them after 12 or 13
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
20 infants, is the only provision for the special organization proper to that class. It
is worthy of the consideration of the managers whether, considering the character of the
school, it should not be treated altogether as an infant school. It is much to be regretted
that the children are not only not taught vocal music, but not even accustomed to sing
by ear. Amongst the younger children more might be done to stimulate reflection, and
the methods now in use should be modified so far as they are concerned. The general
order of the school is very pleasing, and the best moral results are being obtained on a
large scale.

East London, Virginia-street.- Inspected 25th September, 1819.-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
work, is intelligent and painstaking, and evidently solicitous to improve her own quali-
fications, and to elevate the character of the school. 6. The school must be regarded as
only now beginning its real life, having languished for some years under the charge of
an incompetent teacher.

Spitalfields.-Inspected 26th September, 1849.-The school-room being under repair, it
was impossible to form an accurate judgment of the present state of the school, or even
to institute the inquiries upon which a just opinion might be founded.

Girls.- 1. Imperfect. 2. Moderately good. 3. Those of a dame-school. 4, Very
meagre and unskilful. 5. Appears to have undertaken a task to which she is unequal.
6. Everything is yet to be done in this school. The Committee received with great kind-
ness the suggestions which were offered, and appeared determined to change the character
of the school.

Clerkenwell.-Iaspected 18th October, 1849.-). Very imperfect and defective in con-
sequence of the unsuitable character of the building. 2. Not altogether satisfactory. 3.
Good in arithmetic, but very unsatisfactory in grammar and geography. The first class
read fluently but coarsely. 4. System of the Christian Brothers very feebly carried out.
5. Master tolerably elficient, as far as I had opportunities of judging. 6. The attendance
has been greatly diminished by the prevailing malady. A new school-room is indispen-
sable. I am inclined to think that this school is sacrificed to the evening school, which is
conducted by the same teacher.

Girls.---This school was in the utmost disorder and confusion, in consequence of the
absence of the mistress on account of dangerous illness. Suggestions were offered for its
improvement.

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General Reports for 1848-9, on Sehools 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 Chureh of Scotland. I have found much oeccupation in examining the claims thus presented; and, in regard to these, have already transmitted a general Report. Some of these applications were froin 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 Schools of Edinburgh, Glasgow, and other large towns. Among the schools that sought apprenticeship of pupils, there were tivo differing in essential points from ordinary schools : on these, the Aberdeen Female Asylum, and Milne's Free-school 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.,

JOHN GORDON. To the Right Honorable The Lords of the Committee of Council on Education.

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,

Edinburyh, 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 suceceded 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 sehools of the different descriptions are as follows :Schools.

Female.
Parochial
General Assembly's
Subscription

22 ·
Privately endowed
Edinburgh Normal School students
Glasgow

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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.
Autumn
Glasgow

13 Male,
Do.

8 Female. Edinburgh

46 Male. Aberdeen

10 Male. Do.

5 Female, Inverness

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endowment is not received in fulfilment of the pecuniary condition of augmentation ; while it is apt to supersede the 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 anderstood 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 age, will appear from the following distribution:

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All the Normal School students and 25 of the other candidates were under 25 years of age ; the former, 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,

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