Further Education, Local Education Authority Fees and Scholarship Files

Reference:
ED 55
Title:
Further Education, Local Education Authority Fees and Scholarship Files
Description:

Files dealing with the Board of Educations's examination and review of arrangements made by local authorities, including those in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, to give financial assistance, by means of scholarships and remission of fees, to students undertaking courses of secondary or further education.

The series also contains minutes and correspondence leading to the approval of schemes of graduated assistance as well as reports, scholarship handbook and references to fees in evening institutes.

From 1936 to 1944 only files containing pre-1936 action or containing revised schemes have been preserved, and the period 1945 to 1955 is represented by four specimen files.

Date:
1931-1955
Arrangement:

Alphabetically in county order for England and Wales, later files are arranged alphabetically in county and county borough order.

Related Material:
Records of the Technical Branch, the Further Education Branch, and the Youth Service:
ED
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Language:
English
Physical description:
184 file(s)
Administrative / biographical background:

As a consequence of the financial crisis of 1931, the Board of Education was required to examine the arrangements made by local education authorities to give assistance by means of scholarships and remission of fees, to students undertaking courses of secondary or further education.

The purpose was to obtain information as to the nature and extent of the scheme administered by education authorities for providing aid to students in schools, institutes and colleges and to consider the manner by which economies could be effected and the demand upon public moneys reduced.

The board's review of arrangements made under the Regulations for Further Education brought into focus the lack of uniformity among the various schemes which were in operation throughout the country and indicated the need to introduce some degree of consistency in the general administration.

As a means of economy without damage to the structure of further education, a system of graduated scales of fees for full time students was recommended, providing some measure of uniformity and a means of increasing the income from fees by the assessment of a student's financial circumstances to determine whether a need existed for total or partial remission of fees.

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