Board of Education, University Branch, and Ministry of Education, Teachers Branch: University Teacher Training Departments, Files
Files of the Board of Education, University Branch, and Ministry of Education, Teachers Branch University concerning courses for students wishing to qualify as certified teachers and secondary school teachers.
Of the various sub-series of files only the papers concerned with general matters from 1931 to 1935 are extant. They record the liaison between the Board of Education and University Training Departments, the organisation of university departments and their co-operation with other colleges.
For the period 1936-1944 only one complete representative specimen file has been preserved. For the period 1945 to 1961 a greater number of files dealing with general policy matters and the provision of new courses in the university training departments have been preserved.
A file for the Department of Education, Queen's University, Belfast concerning the interchangeability of teacher training grants between England and Northern Ireland is also available.
In alphabetical order of Universities.
Ministry of Education, Teachers Branch, 1944-1961
In 1911 the Board of Education became responsible for the administration of Exchequer grants in aid of Universities and University Colleges in England and Wales hitherto administered by the Treasury. The opportunity was taken to improve the conditions under which students entering University Institutions with the intention of becoming teachers in Elementary Schools could take a degree and undergo the necessary course of professional training. These proposals were introduced in the Board of Education's Statement of Grants in aid of Technical and Professional work in Universities which led to the provision of a four-year course of instruction by University Training Departments.
The course qualified candidates for recognition as certificated teachers. The first three years were devoted wholly or mainly to academic work for a degree, and a fourth or post-graduate year devoted to professional training in the principles and practice of teaching in Public Elementary Schools. Most departments also provided an approved course of training of teachers for secondary schools subject to the limitations and conditions set out in the Regulations for the Training of Teachers for Secondary Schools.
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