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Secretaries of Diocesan and District Boards are requested to receive the above intimation as an invitation to attend the Secretaries' Anniversary Meeting on the 5th June.
The following Donations and new Annual Subscriptions have been contributed since the last announcement, and are hereby thankfully acknowledged.
is made up to the 20th May.
DIOCESE OF LINCOLN.
Blackburn, J. Esq. Norfolk Street
Cubitt, Joseph, Esq. Gt. George Street,
South Metropolitan School
Richards, Rev. H. W. P. Isleworth
Bovey Tracey District Association, by
Sawyer, C. H. Esq. Heywood Lodge,
DIOCESE OF WINCHESTER.
Corbin, M. A. B. Esq. Saumarez Street
DIOCESE OF BATH AND WELLS.
Whyley, Rev. W. B. Peterborough
Lawrance, Mr. W.
Executors of Samuel Deacon, Esq. Tow
.1 1 0
Henderson, 'Rev. J. H. Ely
Bailey, H. R. Esq. St. John's College,
Hutchinson, Rev. C. B.
Sutton, J. Esq. Jesus College
Drake, Rev. C. S. ditto.
a. 1 1
Thacker, Rev. A. Trinity College
Piper, S. Esq.
a. 1 1
Greene, E. Esq. Bury St. Edmund's a. Trustees of Harper's Charities, Bedford
Strutt, Miss, Hadleigh.
Teale, T. Greenwood, Esq.
a. 1 1
1 1 0
Rogers, G. Esq. Epping.
Contributions may be paid to MESSRS. DRUMMOND, Bankers, Charing Cross; to MR. HENRY STRETTON, the Society's Receiver, 67 Lincoln's Inn Fields, to whom all Remittances should be made; or they will be received at the National Society's Office, Sanctuary, Westminster, or by any of the Local Treasurers to the Society, or by the Society's Travelling Agents.
DIOCESE OF ROCHESTER.
Pitt, Rev. C. W. Stapleford Abbots
Curtler, Rev. W. R. Abbots Roding
Whiteford, Rev. J. L. Kelvedon Hatch
Executors of Major Nottidge of West
Bridges, Rev. T. P. Danbury (increased
1 0 0
Eley, Rev. H. Broomfield
Since the last announcement the following Grants have been voted by the Committee of the National Society to assist in building and fitting-up Schools in 34 places, intended to accommodate 3284 children, together with 13 teachers, residences:
The following School-buildings have since the last announcement been reported as completed, and the Treasurer has been authorised to pay the Grants:
The fourteenth anniversary of St. Mark's College, Chelsea, was celebrated as usual on St. Mark's day. In the morning a sermon was preached in the College Chapel by the Rev. Harvey Goodwin, incumbent of St. Edward's Church, Cambridge, from Col. iv. 17, "Say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it." After drawing a distinction between the ministry which is conferred by the laying on of hands, and the subordinate service of the schoolmaster, he addressed to the young men present a practical exhortation. The following extract from the close of the sermon will be read with interest:
“But I must conclude; and I would do so by commending to the kind consideration of those present the wants of this institution. I have not the time, nor indeed would it be desirable for me to enter into particulars concerning it. I may perhaps, however, be permitted to express my conviction that this Church and nation are deeply indebted to St. Mark's College for the high tone which has been given by it to the education of masters for national schools. To compare one institution with another is as unnecessary as it would be invidious; but I believe that I speak the truth when I say that this college was the first to teach effectively and practically to the people of this country, that the work of a schoolmaster is emphatically a ministry to be 'received in the Lord,' to be received in His fear, to be carried on by His help, to be rendered effective by a deep foundation of Christian principles and character, laid in the lowest depth of the conscience and the heart.
"It is upon broad grounds of this kind, and from a consideration of the tone which has been given to education, not only in the case of those actually trained within these walls, but throughout the country at large, that the College of St. Mark's seems to me to have claims upon our gratitude; and if I may venture upon one more application of my text, I would say, that a College like this may perhaps be said truly to have received a ministry in the Lord,' and that it is for Christians, who honour it for its work's sake, to enable it to fulfil its ministry."
The offertory in the morning and the collection in the afternoon, including the sums received from Masters trained at St. Mark's who were unable to attend the festival,-remittances being sent, from very distant quarters, among
other places from Ceylon,-amounted to 251. 9s. 7d. The sum thus collected was devoted to the support of the chapel. The festivities of the day concluded by the performance of the Israel in Egypt in the College Hall, which was sung by the students, under the conduct of Mr. Hullah, with remarkable accuracy and spirit.
Llandaff and Monmouth Education Board.
The Report of this Board opens with an account of the successful harvest meeting of teachers at Bridgend, particulars of which were given at page 377 of this Paper for last year.
The Board expresses thanks to the National Society and the Welsh Education Committee, for liberal assistance towards the expenses of the harvest gathering, and the salary of an organising master. For three months the organising master, Mr. Stammers, has been engaged in the Diocese of St. David's; and in the Report presented by him to the Llandaff Board, allusion is made to the schools of that diocese by way of comparison; it also contains a tabulated statement exhibiting the proficiency attained in the schools examined and other interesting details, and concludes with this summary :
"Taking the two dioceses together, I found in the schools I examined 1793 children above nine years of age; and only 39 of these, or 2.1 per cent, succeeded in writing a few simple sentences, composed of not very difficult words, without errors; while 59 per cent either could not write them at all, or had more than 20 per cent of errors,-or in other words, more than one word in five wrong. This surely is an unsatisfactory result.
Generally speaking, I find the schools which I have re-visited improved, though a few have retrograded. The numbers are as follows:
The 45 schools, visited for ordinary purposes, I would class as under:
Inferior or bad
The Board, in noticing the labours of the Organising Master, observe, "of the services of that functionary we cannot speak too highly; and in periodical visits to our several schools, combined with his superintendence of our annual assembly of teachers, we recognise some of the surest elements of improvement in the character and quality of instruction."
The Report states, that the exhibitions to Carmarthen are very satisfactory, and that the exhibitioner at Whitelands had obtained a certificate of merit, and had been continued at the Institution in the expectation of obtaining a higher class certificate previously to her taking charge of the important school at Aberdare, to which she has been appointed. Since the Christmas vacation, another exhibitioner has been sent to Whitelands.
The Board further report, that an effort has been made in the direction of providing education for the middle classes:
"In Monmouthshire the experiment has been tried, at Langua, in a purely agricultural district; while in Glamorganshire the attempt has been made, in the parish of Aberdare, in the midst of the mining and manufacturing population of our hills. In each instance a considerable measure of success has been already obtained. At Langua, the Incumbent says of his school-'I feel very well satisfied with its present condition and future prospects.' And at Aberdare about 40 pupils are even now enjoying the advantages of an institution which the vicar of the parish considers to be permanently and successfully established;' while in either case it is anticipated, that the school will become entirely selfsupporting a certain test of its usefulness, and of its real adaptation to the wants of the people. It is satisfactory that the trial has been made in different places, under circumstances so dissimilar, and yet with the like favourable results; as it is thus more clearly established that, both in our agricultural and in our manufacturing districts, there is a want felt of such a machinery, and that the attempt to supply it, if made in earnest, will not be made in vain."
The Report concludes with an account of the grants voted in aid of school-buildings, and with an appeal for "a larger measure of support-a fuller sympathy-in a work of such deep and abiding importance as the moral and religious training of the rising generation."
Diocese of Lichfield.
DIOCESAN INSPECTION OF THE ARCHDEACONRY OF STAFFORD.
The following report on Inspection has just been made to the Bishop of the dio
Blurton Parsonage, Trentham, March 27, 1855.
MY LORD,-I am unable to present the usual summary of the results of Ruridecanal Inspection during the past year in time to allow of its being laid, as your Lordship has hitherto been pleased to
approve, before the annual meeting of the General Board. The returns have not, in all cases, arrived so as to give time to digest a summary with sufficient accuracy to allow of its being presented on the 29th of the month. The results of the past year's inspection will also claim more time and attention than hitherto; because, where practicable, they must now be brought into comparison with those of the preceding year, with a view to the issue of the notification of improvement to schools that have made specific advance during the year just terminated.
In a future year it might, perhaps, be arranged that the returns for the year should be sent in before the close of it, which is all that is requisite.
At present, returns have been received from fifteen out of twenty-two rural deaneries. In some cases the engagement is perhaps found almost too onerous for some of those who, with so much self-sacrifice, have consented to add this to their other engagements. Hence it seems right to inquire how far the work may be rendered less laborious to the inspector, and become a greater boon than at present to the school inspected.
It is therefore submitted for consideration how far, if the National Society were able to meet such a wish, the visit of an organising master might usefully concur with that of the inspector, in the event of both the inspector and the clergyman of the parish approving of such an arrangement.
By the introduction of this agency the work might be materially lightened, as the organising master would take whatever share of it might be assigned him by the inspector. And to him specially might be committed, perhaps with advantage, the inquiry into the organisation of the school, that thus more time might be secured to the diocesan inspector for attention to its moral and religious condition. And further, as the same organising master would visit the several schools of the archdeaconry, a greater uniformity of standard would, doubtless, prevail in the record of the examination, -a desideratum, it is said, in ruridecanal inspection.
How far such an arrangement is practicable, or desirable, is for your Lordship's judgment; but if approved by you, it can scarcely be doubted that the board for this archdeaconry would meet the cost of the provision suggested, for the few months in each year during which the presence of such an officer would be requisite.
It might further be considered, whether a liberty should not be given to each rural dean to assign, without charge, the services of the organising master for a few days to such school or schools in his rural deanery as may be most desirous and most in need of that valuable help,-valuable, it has been often found, if for nothing else, as the means of introducing into a school, and securing attention to, a well-regulated time-table. Such a table, well arranged and well observed, may, it is notorious, be rendered specially subservient to one of the most important of modern regulations in schools-that of each class being brought daily, and, if possible, often in the day, under the direct instruction of the
But these are details on which it does not become me to comment to your Lordship, and I therefore only ask permission to remain, my Lord, your Lordship's very obedient servant,
Committee of Council on Education,
The following Circular has been addressed to the Principals of the training colleges, explanatory of the Class Lists which appeared in the April Number of this Paper:
Committee of Council on Education,
Privy Council Office, Downing Street, 23d February, 1855.
REV. SIR,-I am directed to forward the enclosed copy of the Class Lists of the successful candidates who were examined before her Majesty's Inspector at the above-named training school, on the 11th of December, 1854, and following days, together with a full set of the examination papers which were proposed on that occasion.
I am particularly to request that, in announcing their success to the candidates, you will communicate to them the following explanations:
1. The examination has been held in conformity with section xi., in the Minute of 20th August, 1853, which is as follows: "The students in residence will be classed at the end of each year according to the result of the examinations passed by them, but will not be certificated. No certificate of merit as a teacher will be granted to the student of a training school until he shall have been for two years in charge of the same elementary school, and shall have been twice reported on as the teacher of it by her Majesty's Inspector. Whether he is to be entitled to a certificate or not, and of what class, is to be determined by the tenor of those reports, and by the result of his examination previous to quitting the training school. If the first report be favourable, he will be paid for the first year on the scale of the lowest class. If the second report be favourable, his augmentation and class of certificate will be fixed for the next five years. After which interval, and so on from time to time, the certificate and augmentation will be open to revision, according to the character of the intermediate reports. The value of the certificate will not be fixed in the first instance higher than the first division of the third class for any student who shall have resided less than two years at a training school under inspection."
2. The students of each year form a separate list. Each such list is divided into three classes, according to the proficiency exhibited. The names in each class are alphabetically arranged, and the order of them does not denote difference of merit. No comparison is instituted between students of different years.
3. The degrees of certificate (to be issued after the two probationary years under inspection in the same school) correspond to the years of training. The lowest degree of certificate corresponds to one year's training. The middle and upper degrees of certificate will not be issued, in the first instance, to any teacher (now a student) who has not been under training for two full years or upwards; eg. the student who is classed in the first division, at the end of the first year, and who then quits the college, will, subject to the probation, receive his first quinquennial certificate in the first division of the lower degree (value 187.);* and similarly, the student who is classed in the third division, at the end of his second year's residence, will, subject to the same probation, receive his first quinquennial certificate in the third division of the middle degree (value 201.), unless such latter student should exhibit extraordinary merit as a teacher during the probationary term, in which event he may possibly be rated in any of the divisions of certificate not exceeding the third division of the upper degree (value 251.);† and so on for other positions in the lists.
* In case of a schoolmistress, 127,
+ In case of a schoolmistress, 161.
4. Candidates who attend the examinations, not as students, but from the charge of schools, are divided into those under, and those over, 35 years of age. The former must pass for the first year, and cannot be certificated thereupon higher than the lowest degree. The latter may choose whether they will be examined upon the papers of the first or second year; and the degree of their certificate, so far as it depends upon the merit of their papers, will not be affected by such choice.
Teachers are subject to the same probationary period as students; but if they come from schools which have been in receipt of annual grants during the two years immediately preceding the examination, and if they have been engaged in such schools during that period without removal, in such cases, their certificates will be determined after the next visit of her Majesty's Inspector which regularly follows the date of the examination.
4. No certificate once issued will be changed until after the end of five years from the date of such issue. The results of re-examination in the meantime will be simply recorded for consideration (together with the inspector's five reports), when the certificate has to be reviewed; e. g. if the holder of a certificate of the third degree passes an examination for the second year, he will not forthwith receive a certificate of the middle degree, but, at the end of five years from the date of his first certificate, the result of the second examination, as well as the inspector's reports, will be considered, and together with those reports will help, to determine his rating.
5. Such of the candidates named in the enclosed list as are now in charge of elementary schools, should request the managers to write (irrespectively of any former application) to the Committee of Council, praying that the teacher may be allowed to have the pecuniary benefit of his examination. The subjoined particulars are important to be borne in mind, although they have no immediate application to those candidates who are as yet students.
a. The month of the year from which an augmentation grant in any given school is calculated, depends upon the period allotted by her Majesty's Inspector for his annual visit. If this period does not harmonise with the date at which a resident teacher obtains his certificate, or at which a certificated teacher enters upon the charge of a school for the first time, he will receive a proportionate payment for the intervening months.
Proportionate payments, however, will be made for the first year only. The rule is, that augmentation grants are conditionally due for periods of twelve months.
b. The school must be rendered liable (if not so already) to inspection, and must fulfil the various conditions set forth in the Minutes.
c. No grants of augmentation are allowed to teachers who have quitted their schools in the course of the year in respect of which the grant is claimed.
d. Teachers conditionally entitled to augmentation should be careful, as soon as they enter upon the charge of an elementary school, or remove from one such school to another, to give immediate notice to the managers of the application required to be made by them to the Committee of Council on Education, and they should request the managers to specify the day of the month and the year at which the teachers entered upon their new engagement. The augmentation grant will begin to run from the first day of the month next following the date at which such application is received by the Committee of Council.
It would save much future correspondence, and probably prevent much disappointment, if the contents of this letter were made known to the successful candidates whom you have presented. For this purpose I am to request that you will have the goodness to inform me how many of the successful candidates are still at the training school, and what are the present addresses of those who have left. Copies of this letter will then be forwarded to each of the latter, and a supply of the same documents enclosed to you for distribution among the former.-I have, &c. R. R. W. LINGEN.
ASHBURTON PRIZES FOR INSTRUCTION IN COMMON THINGS.
The Rev. Arthur Rigge (Principal), and the students of the Chester Training School, have placed at the disposal of Lord Ashburton a series of models, to the value of eight or ten pounds, with a request that they may be considered as prizes additional to those already offered for competition at the approaching Examination in the Knowledge of Common Things. This request has been acceded to; and the models are to be awarded as supplementary prizes to such of the male competitors as, without quite attaining the standard fixed for the higher premiums, shall acquit themselves with the greatest credit. The examinations are to be held on Monday, the 25th of June, at 10 o'clock; that for male candidates at Wolvesey College, Winchester; that for females at the Salisbury Training Institution.
We are authorised to say, that it is not contemplated that any candidate who has been successful at a previous examination for these prizes should a second time receive a prize of the same degree; but he will be at liberty to compete for a higher prize than before.
The following is an extract from the speech of the Right Hon. J. W. Henley, M.P., in the House of Commons, on Wednesday, May 3d., on moving that the Bill for the better promoting National education be read that day six months. The speech, as corrected by Mr. Henley, is published by Masters, of New Bond Street:
"I can understand the secular system of the hon. member opposite; but when it is said that the present bill will afford religious education to the people, I must say that it may do so in name, but in name only. My right hon. friend proposes in this bill to bring existing schools into union, upon certain conditions; and one of the conditions is, that no religious instruction to which parents object should be given in the schools so