HC Deb 14 July 1874 vol 220 cc1623-4

asked the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education, What instructions are given to the Officers of the School Boards with regard to private adventure schools; and, whether they have authority (as recently stated) to threaten the proprietors of such schools, and inform them that they must raise their terms, and pass an examination, or close their schools?


Sir, the Education Department does not issue instructions to officers of school boards. The full responsibility of those instructions rests with the school boards. But with reference to the case alluded to, it should be remembered (1) that all the private adventure schools in London were examined and reported on by officers of the Education Department; (2) that the great majority of them were reported to be inefficient, either in premises or instruction, or in both; (3) that it is the duty of the school boards to see that children attend efficient elementary schools.