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Tabulated Reports, in detail, ou the Roman Catholic Schools visited by T. W. M. Marshall, Esq.-continued.
Stella, R.C. Boys 1 to 6/ 31
1 293 56
44569 Girls 1.2 to 103
63 11 4 y56f
1 2. f 31
4 5 9
(.) (W) (9)
Stella.- Inspected 3rd August, 1849.-1. Fair. 2. Good. 3. Mixed. 4. Conveyed
Unusually good for a school of
Houghton-le-Spring.--Inspected 6th August, 1849.-1. Not on the best plan, but tole-
Hartlepool.-Inspected 7th August, 1819.-1. Tolerably complete ; upon the plan of the
Girls.- 1. As complete as the character of the room, and the arrangements of the desks,
Ugthorpe.- Inspected 9th August, 1849.-1. Very imperfect, owing to the unsuitable
assembled on the day of inspection, spontancousiy, and showed the greatest interest in
Nottingham.-Inspected 16th August, 1849.-1. Extremely complete and effective.
East London, Virginia-street.- Inspected 25th September, 1819.-1. Quite efficient. 2.
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
Clerkenwell.-Iaspected 18th October, 1849.-). Very imperfect and defective in con-
Girls.---This school was in the utmost disorder and confusion, in consequence of the
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.
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
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:
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,