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Article by Margaret Craddock (1978, amended 2005)

History of Education in

Burton Latimer

Part VI - The Education Bill 1902

The following reasons are listed in the Parish Magazine for July 1902 under the Reasons for Passing the Education Bill. This article was written in view of the tension existing between the Voluntary and Board Schools and the impact upon the town. When this was written the Board School had been running for three years pupils having been transferred to the Board School in January 1899 (see Appendix C).

1.    Because the Bill is an honest endeavour to regulate and improve national education in all the branches – primary, secondary, and technical – so as to avert the great danger of England being beaten out of the field of trade by foreign nations.

2.    Because it puts an end to divided authority and gives control of all schools to the direct representatives of the ratepayers, chosen by popular election, and working through committees on which the presence of experienced friends of education is secured.  (Clauses 1 and 12)

3.    Because it enables the County and Borough Councils to improve Elementary schools all round, provide the best appliances where they are now lacking, secure the supply of trained teachers, and help the children to get technical and higher education  (Clauses 2 and 8)

4.    Because it gives fair treatment to the Voluntary Schools, which have educated more than half the children in the country without hitherto costing the rates one penny.

5.    Because it introduces the element of public control into Voluntary Schools by giving the local Councils power to inspect and to audit, and to appoint one-third of the managers.  (Clause 8)   Our opponents have for years been grumbling that there has been no public control of Elementary Schools.  This Education Bill provides for such control.

6.    Because it enables all Voluntary Schools – Church, Wesleyan, Roman, etc to continue to provide the religious instruction desired by the parent, while protecting by the conscience clause those who do not desire such instruction.

7.    Because the only alternative is to allow the Voluntary Schools to be starved out by the School Boards at the cost of the rates, entailing an expenditure of millions to supply their place.

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