HC Deb 23 March 1882 vol 267 c1661

asked the Vice President of the Council, Whether, in view of the very large powers given under the new Education Code to Her Majesty's Inspectors, the Education Department will frame definite instructions for the Inspectors, so as to secure equal treatment, and, in particular, to protect managers and teachers from an exercise of power at variance with the avowed intention of the Code to show special consideration to schools labouring under special difficulties; and, whether provision will be made for an appeal from any decision of an Inspector which is alleged to be unjust?


Sir, I stated to the House, on laying the "Proposals" for the Revised Code on the Table, the measures the Department proposed to take to secure the fair, uniform, and impartial application of its provisions. We intend to re-organize the inspectorate, and to frame definite instructions to Her Majesty's Inspectors, calculated, as we believe, to insure these results. The Department can always be appealed to by any persons conceiving themselves aggrieved. We hope, however, that the occasion for appeals will be much less frequent. The facilities for ascertaining and promptly remedying any case of harsh or unequal treatment of managers or teachers will, under the new system, be much greater than heretofore. As soon as the scheme is complete, the particulars and the instructions to which I have referred shall be laid on the Table.