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Details of ED 114
Reference: ED 114
Title: Board of Education and successors: Inspectorate: Reports on Institutes of Further Education

HM Inspectors' full and interim inspection reports on individual local education authority and non-local education authority further education establishments, and general surveys of the provision of facilities for further education in an area, having regard to the particular needs of the area and in some cases its local industries.

These reports were required to show that further education establishments in England and Wales maintained an adequate and efficient teaching staff and that the scope, organization and curricula satisfied the Board of Education's requirements.

The earliest records in this series are from 1909, following the re-organisation of the Technical Inspectorate in 1908, which provided for a systematic inspection of the various schools and facilities for further education, in accordance with the terms of Memoranda to Inspectors 'T' Nos 6 and 7.

Until 1956, this series includes reports on all types of further education establishments.

The series includes material which would otherwise be found in ED 51.

Date: 1909-1993

The pre-1946 reports (to piece 1222) are arranged separately in chronological order for each school, in alphabetical order of district within a county and in order of counties for England, followed by those for Wales. For the 1946-1963 period, the reports have been arranged by grouping one or more together in one piece in chronological order under each LEA.

The item numbers have been generated automatically for system reasons and do not appear on the files.

Related material:

Later reports by HM Inspectorate on further education in Wales are in BD 15

For files concerning technical colleges and national certificate courses see ED 90

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Board of Education, HM Inspectors of Schools, 1899-1923

Board of Education, Inspectorate (England), 1923-1944

Board of Education, Inspectorate (Wales), 1923-1944

Department of Education and Science, HM Inspectorate (England), 1964-1973

Department of Education and Science, HM Inspectorate (Wales), 1964-1973

Department of Education and Science, HM Inspectorate of Schools (England), 1973-1992

Department of Education and Science, HM Inspectorate of Schools (Wales), 1973-1992

Ministry of Education, Inspectorate (England), 1944-1964

Ministry of Education, Inspectorate (Wales), 1944-1964

Office for Standards in Education, 1992-

Physical description: 1656 file(s)
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Unpublished finding aids:

An index in county and county borough order is available. Please speak to staff at the enquiry desk for the precise location.

Administrative / biographical background:

Under the Education Act 1902, the power to aid further education was vested in the newly-formed local education authorities. Among the results achieved by that Act were the co-ordination and further development of technical instruction for which, under the Technical Instruction Act 1889, county councils and county borough councils had already been given some responsibilities.

Regulations were established for evening schools, technical institutions, schools of art, and art classes, setting out conditions for the payment of grant. Subsequent regulations giving statutory authority for the payment of grant were Grant Regulations No 31, under section 44 of the Education Act 1918, and Grant Regulations No 6, under section 118 of the Education Act 1921.

To comply with the conditions laid down in the regulations, schools were required to be open at all reasonable times for inspection and to maintain and adequate and efficient teaching staff with the requisite teaching qualifications. Additionally, they could be required to satisfy the Board of Education as to the suitability of the scope, organisation, courses of study and syllabuses of the school.

The Education Act 1944, section 41(1), superceded the earlier legislation and requires local education authorities 'to secure the provision for their area of adequate facilities for further education'. Inspection of individual institutes is made under section 77 of that Act which confers on HM Inspectorate the power to inspect all publicly-funded educational establishments.

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