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1894 ~ The Government Inspection
The Government Inspection
- 1894 -
1862 had seen a change in the way that schools were to be supported by State funds. The ‘Revised Code’ of the Committee of the Privy Council on Education introduced an annual inspection of schools and testing of pupils (often referred to as ‘payment by results’). The results of these inspections determined the grant that would be payable to the Managers to support the running of the school along with money they could raise through local subscriptions from parishioners and ‘School Pence’ contributed by pupils’ families.
By 1894 the Inspection system had become highly complex, with the School Inspector controlling Grants payable not only for achievement in the three basic subjects of reading, writing and arithmetic, but also for a number of additional subjects taught as class-subjects (with each school being able to choose several from a list) and yet others taught to a more restricted group of pupils (again, being locally selected from a published list).
The Vicar draw attention to forthcoming Examinations and Inspections in the May edition of the Parish Magazine:
Drawing Examination has been fixed for Monday, May 21st, at 2
p.m. and the Annual Government Examination will take place most probably
early in June.
And he confirmed the date of the Inspection in the June edition:
The Annual Inspection of the Schools by H.M. Inspector will take place on Friday, June 8th at 10 o’clock. There has been a slight increase in the average attendance, which stands at 116 for the past year.
As the school broke up for the summer holiday the Vicar identified in the July Magazine that the Inspector's Report had not yet arrived:
It has been
found necessary to close the School a week earlier than usual for the
summer holidays, owing to the present spell of fine weather, and boys
available for work being wanted in the hayfield.
The Report of
H.M. Inspector after the Examination last month has not yet been received.
The Inspector's Report was finally published in the September edition of the Parish Magazine. The Vicar promised to follow up the rather disappointing report with comments in the October Magazine.
Report on Schools
Rooms disallowed last year should no longer be entered on Form IX as part
of the accommodation.
I am to
inquire whether the Managers were satisfied with G.A. Churchill’s
character, conduct, and attention to duty.
M. Watkins is
recognised under Article 68 of the Code, and J.E. Garrett is continued
under that Article.
your letter of 27th ult., I am to state that the payment of the
Infants’ Needlework and Drawing Grant is suspended for further
communication with H.M. Inspector.
defers his comment on the foregoing Report until next month.
Watkins has resigned her position as Teacher in the Infants’ School, and
Bertha Grigg has been appointed to succeed her.
As a follow up to the payment of the Infant's Needlework and Drawing Grants, the following letter was received from the Education Department on 27th September giving clear warning that standards in the school were not good and that without improvement the grants would not be paid in future years :-