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EDUCATIONAL STATISTICS. We borrow the following summary of facts from the report of the Committee of Council on Education for the past year, which has been presented to Her Majesty, and which is prefixed to the usual reports of the Inspectors :
“ Fifty-four inspectors, including twenty assistant inspectors, were employed in visiting schools, and in holding examinations during the past year. They visited, during that period, 9,384 daily schools, or departments of such schools, under separate teachers. They found present in them 821,744 scholars, 5,495 certificated teachers, and 13,281 apprenticed teachers. They also visited thirty-eight separate training colleges, occupied by 2,709 students in preparation for the office of schoolmaster or schoolmistress. In December last, these students and 2,087 other candi. dates were simultaneously examined for the end of the first, second, or third years of their training, or for admission, or for certificates as acting teachers. The Inspector also visited 539 schools for pauper children, containing 47,527 inmates, and 118 reformatory, ragged, or industrial schools, containing 7,793 inmates. These num. bers came under actual review, and were the subject of separate reports, within the period to which our present statement refers:
“The grants paid for building, enlarging, or improving the fabrics of elementary schools, amounted to £140,826 8s. 8d., the sum voluntarily subscribed, to £218,968 2s. ld. ; the number of school-rooms built was 376; enlarged or improved, 287 ; teacher's residences built, 198 ; the number of children provided with additional accommodation (exclusively of schools improved but not extended), 59,664. The further sum of £10,388 10s. 6d. was granted to meet subscriptions of £13,999 16s. 2d. for expenditure upon the premises of training colleges.
There are 36 training colleges under inspection. The premises, which generally include from two to five acres of land, have cost £378,350, in which amount is included £118,514 from the parliamentary grant. The number of students at the end of the year 1858 was 2,709.
During the year 1858, we paid from the parliamentary grant the sum of £49,077 in exhibitions for the maintenance of individual students ; the sum of £21,012 17s. 7d. to the treasurers of the colleges, in proportion to the merits of the examination passed by the inmates at the end of each year of their training ; and £1,392 in aid of the salaries of special lecturers ;-making a total of £71,481 17s. 7d.
Calculations which have been made show that, out of every hundred pupil-teachers admitted, 12.68 per cent. are removed by death, failure of health, failure in attain. ments, misconduct, and other causes, during their apprenticeship; and 76-02 per cent. become candidates for Queen's scholarships.
TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION. The teachers of British schools in Newcastle and the surrounding district were invited to take tea with Mr. Davis, the Society's agent for the North, on Saturday, April 9th. Twelve assembled ; and the meeting resulted in the formation of a promising Association. Another pleasing result was, that teachers who had received their training at the same College, and who are now located in the same neighbourhood, became for the first time acquainted with each other.
Mr. Davis introduced to the meeting the character of the reading in the Northumberland schools as a subject for conversation. The reading in many of these schools is fluent, but in nearly all it may more properly be called chanting. Every teacher present fully recognised the value of good reading; and various plans will, doubtless, be adopted to secure a better style than the prevailing one.
LEGACIES, DONATIONS, AND NEW ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS, &c.
From March 1st, 1859, to May 31st, 1859.
LEGACIES. EATON, J., Esq., late of Bristol, £2,000, less duty. GIBSON, F., Esq., late of Saffron Walden
BELL, James, Esq., Fox-lane, Upper Norwood, S.......
5 5.0 1 1 0
1 1 0 1 10 1 1 0
SPECIAL SUBSCRIPTIONS-£5,000 FUND. CROWLEY, C. S., Esq., 4th and 5th Instalments ........................................................... £20 0 0 Norton, T., Esq., 4th Instalment
Reinittances from Auxiliary Societies and Corresponding Committees, &c., from March 1st, 1859,
to May 31st, 1859.
$ 3. d. Ackworth 1. 3 6 Halstead 1 10 0 Pontefract
0 10 0 Amersham 1 0 0 Harlow 2 11 0 Preston....
1 1 0 Ashton-under-Lyne.. 0 Hereford 2 5 0 Rochdale
1 0 0 Barnsley 2 0 0 Huddersfield 6 1 6 Ross
1 1_0 Birmingham 26 15 6 Ipswich
2 17 6 Rotherham, &c. 2 0 0 Bishop Stortford. 3 7 6 Kingston-on-Thames 3 Ā 6 St. Ives (Hunts)....... 6 10 Bolton 6 16 6 Lancaster. 15 13 0 Saffron Walden
8 8 0 Braintree 10 10 0 Leamingtou
1 0 0 Bridport 3 10 0 Leeds 28 2 0 Stanstead
0 10 0 Buckingham
3 7 6
1 1 0 Bury St. Edmunds... 1 0 0 Leominster
4 4 0 Stockton-on-Tees 1 11 0 Cambridge 10 0 6 Liverpool 19 9 9 Sudbury,
1 0 6 Carlisle 2 0 0 Luton 4 6 6 Tavistock
2 2 0 Chelmsford
7 17 0
3 00 Cheltenham 9 12 0 Macclesfield. 2 6 0 Wakefield
6 5 0 Chester... 1 1 0 Manchester 13 0 0 Warrington
1 1 0 Cirencester
4 0 0
2 1 6 Coalbrookdale
7 11 0
5 0 0 Cornwall, East. 4 0 0 Middlesex,North East 3 12 6 Wollaston...
1 1 0 Darlington
3 11 6 Needham Market 0 10 0 Evesham
Wolverhampton 1 0 0 2 5 0 North Shields
3 15 0 Falmouth
1 0 0 1 11 0 Norwich 7 2 0 Worksop
1 0 0 Gloucester 2 0 6 Penistone....
2 2 0 IIalifax
Wales, North 75 16 0 2 0 0 Peterborough
1 1 0
» South(Newport) 1 0 0
Subscriptions and Donations will be thankfully received by Messrs. HANBURYS and Co., Bankers TIIE
to the Society, 60, Lombard-street; and at the Society's House, Borough-road.
Printed by JACOB UNWIN, of No. 8, Grove Place, in the Parish of St. John, Hackney, in the County of Middleses,
at his Printing Office, 31, Bucklersbury, in the Parish of St. Stephen, Walbrook, in the City of London; and Published by Tax SOCIETY, at the Depository, Borough Road,-FRIDAY, JULY 1, 1859.
BRITISH AND FOREIGN SCHOOL SOCIETY.
NEW TRAINING COLLEGE FOR MISTRESSES. The first stoue of this building was laid on Friday, the 5th August, by Earl Granville, K.G., in the presence of a large assemblage of the friends of the Society, among whom were Earl Ducre, the Lord' Mayor, the Rev. C. Kemble, Rev. W. Cadman, Rev. H. Thompson, Rev. J. Russell, W. Roupell, Esq.,, M.P., H. E. Gurney, Esq., the treasurer (who presided on the occasion), J. Corderoy, Hugh Owen, J. K. Weleh, T. H. Gladstone, E. Crowley, P. Fox, S. L. Fox, Esqrs., and other members of the Committee.
The site, which is freehold, and about an acre in extent, is admirably suited for the purpose. It is situated at Stockwell,, near the junction of the Vauxhall Bridgeroad with the Clapham-road. The principal front, which is to be of a plain Italian character, will extend about 115 feet, and form one side of a quadrangular building, a portion of the wings being carried up higher than the centre. The dining-hall, sixty feet in length, three spacious class-rooms, and a lecture-hall, forty-four feet by thirty-three, will form prominent features in the arrangement of the ground. floor ; while ample corridors will give communication with the various parts of the building. On the basement, besides rooms for the use of the students, will be kitchens for the general purposes of the establishment, and also for practice in domestic economy, together with a wash-house and laundry.
The sleeping accommodation for the students will consist of six large dormitories, subdivided into compartments of sufficient height to ensure privacy, and yet to allow of the complete ventilation of the whole. A teacher's room will be so placed in connexion with each dormitory as to obtain entire supervision. Apartments for a superintendent and for the teachers, an infirmary, with baths, box-rooms, additional bed-rooms, store-rooms, &c., are to be suitably placed. Great care has been taken to secure adaptation and completeness, and considerations of health and utility will take precedence of mere ornament and show. The practising schools will contain every modern appliance. They are to be situated behind the main building, having, a separate entrance from the main road for the children, for whom there will be a play.ground, and there is to be also an exercise ground for the students.
The CHAIRMAN, HENRY EDMUND GURNEY, Esq., Treasurer of the Society, said he had expected to see that day a nobleman distinguished for his co-operation in every good and liberal work, and connected especially with the philanthropic designs of this Society. A family affliction had deprived them of his lordship's presence. He had to congratulate, his hearers on having before them, in the stead of Lord Joha Russell, another nobleman whose name was linked with all that was good and great in the progress of the country. As the Secretary was about to read the Report, he
would not enter into the particulars of the work they were met to inaugurate; but he might be allowed, as treasurer, to point out the necessity of subscribing a large addition to the funds. A very considerable amount was yet required to carry out the object they all had in view.
MR. E. D. WILKS, the Secretary, then read the following statement :-“The building about to be erected on this site is designated the British and Foreign School Society's Training College for Mistresses. Provision has been made in the plans for the residence and instruction of 100 young women, apartments for a female superintendent and the necessary teaching staff, with practising schools for girls and infants. Great care has been taken to secure adaptation and completeness, and considerations of health and utility have taken precedence of mere ornament or show. The contract for the completion of the work is £15,572; but this is exclusive of the land and a portion of the internal fittings and furniture, for which at least £2,000 must be added, making a total outlay of £17,572. Towards this it is understood that £6,000 will be granted by the Committee of Council on Education. The preliminary list of contributions amounts to nearly £4,000, obtained chiefly from members of the Committee, and including £100 from His Grace the Duke of Bedford, the President of the Society. To produce the further required sum of nearly £8,000 will demand the most strenuous efforts of the Committee, and the liberal, prompt, and wide-spread co-operation of all interested in the advancement of scriptural education among the poor. In justification of this large expenditure the Committee need only state that an extension of their operations in this form has been absolutely necessary. In the last two years more than one hundred candidates have been refused admission for want of the means of accommodation. The embarrassment of the Committee on this account has been great and pressing, the prospects of deserving pupil-teachers and Queen's scholars have been blighted, and teachers and committees of local schools much discouraged. On the other hand, it is impossible to supply the demand for qualified teachers ; in some cases the opening of new schools has to be postponed, and in others they are languishing for want of efficient masters and mistresses. In connexion with the provision for the training of 100 female teachers, it is proposed to adapt the whole of the present building in the Borough-road for the reception of 100 male students. Both establishments will be under the management of the Committee of the Society, and will form the training department of its operations. There is one important fact to which the Committee would advert on this occasion, viz., that the Training College of the British and Foreign School Society is the only one in England open to all denominations of Christians. The qualification for admission is adaptation for the work of teaching, combined with moral and religious character as distinguished from subscription to any particular creed or formulary of faith. The Society is unsectarian, but not secular ; religious, but not denominational ; and this principle enters into all its arrangements and proceedings. The Bible, the whole Bible, that basis of our common Christianity, is the only text-book of religious instruction, and that without curtailment or compromise. The history of the Society has been an illustration not only of the practicability but the value of this comprehensive and really catholic principle. A basis is thus constituted for the co-operation of all interested in helping forward the work of popular education, who in relation to that work attach importance to the claims of religion, the authority of the Bible, and who at the same time respect the rights of conscience.”
A portion of Holy Scripture was then read by the Rev. W. THOMPSON, M.A., incumbent of the parish in which the ground is situated, and after a prayer had beer offered by the Rev. W. CADMAN, M.A., rector of St. George's, Southwark, the stone was lowered to its resting place, on which had been spread a bed of mortar.
EARL Granville then declared the stone to be laid, and three hearty cheers were given for the institution and for his lordship.
The LORD MAYOR, after a few remarks, moved “ that the cordial thanks of this meeting be presented to the Earl Granville for the kindness he had shown in attend. ing this meeting, and for the general countenance and support he had ever given to the cause of education throughout the kingdom.”
The Earl DUCIe seconded the motion, observing that it was not necessary for him to say much, but that he should be wanting in his duty on the occasion if he did not take the opportunity of expressing his entire sympathy with the object of the proposed institution, and his hope that the building would serve every end for which it was intended. The influences of female tuition could not possibly be overrated, and he observed that increasing importance was attached by the school inspectors and other competent persons to the training of female teachers.
The EARL GRANVILLE, in acknowledging the compliment, said that, in the first place, he would express his sincere thanks for the honour they had done him in agreeing to the vote of thanks which had been so kindly and courteously proposed by the Lord Mayor. He was, indeed, glad to see him on this, as, indeed, on all occasions, coming forward to do good in the furtherance of education, and also in the social progress of his fellow-countrymen. One subject had been alluded to, the absence of Lord John Russell. No doubt it was a great disappointment to them all to lose his accustomed presence on an occasion of this description. He (Lord Granville) felt that they not only looked upon him as a great, distinguished, and a liberal statesman, but one upon whose services they had a special claim in the furtherance of the object of the British and Foreign School Society, an institution which was on the most liberal and at the same time on the most religious footing. He regretted the absence of Lord John Russell also on account of the grief which had been caused to himself and his family, by the recent death of Earl Minto (his futher-in-law). He (Lord Granville) had always intended to be present at this meeting to support Lord J. Russell ; but finding that that noble lord could not be present, he felt great pleasure, in order to the furtherance of the business of the day, in taking his place. He had wished to defer any observations which he might have felt disposed to make until the customary vote of thanks; for this reason, that he should only have been too glad to have the opportunity of expressing his concurrence in the general object of the Society, and the satisfaction and pleasure he felt on account of the establishment of this particular building. He also desired, representing, as he did, the Committee of Council, to testify to the good feeling which existed between the Government and the Committee of this Society. He trusted all who were now there were aware of the great benefits which had accrued to the education of the labouring classes of this country by the united and cordial co-operation of the Administration of the State with the various bodies which had assisted them. As to the Government grants, when they looked at the enormous sums which had been voted for various purposes-that at this moment there was being made an addition to the already large expenditure of the country for military and naval purposes, which they were rightly doing, he thought, for the further defence of the country, to secure the liberties, the lives, the commerce of its inhabitants against possible aggression ;-when they considered that £6,000,000 were devoted to poor-houses-large sums to the punishment of crimeand when they were told that the money spent in this country in stimulants alone was more than double the interest of the National Debt—it was hardly becoming a great and rich nation to object to a grant-if even it did amount to a million of money or more-to elevate the intellectual, moral, and religious character of our countrymen, and to ensure, by means of education, the safety, greatness, and welfare of the nation. He said this in language which might have come more properly from the lips of the Committee ing assistance than from one appointed by the State to use his efforts towards checking its expenditure. He thought it was a sample of the good sense of the Committee that they had been early in the field, in beginning their work, and were in a fair position to claim a large sum towards their assistance