HC Deb 04 May 1882 vol 269 c93

asked the Vice President of the Council, Whether the Instructions, which he stated were to accompany the New Code, have been issued to the Inspectors of Education, and if, either now or as soon as they are issued, he would lay them upon the Table of the House?


Sir, the Instructions to Her Majesty's Inspectors, to which the hon. Baronet the Member for South Devon (Sir Massey Lopes) refers, will not be issued until the re-organization of the Inspectorate is completed. No inspection under the New Code can take place till May, 1883. Before that time, and, I hope, during the present Session, the Instructions will be laid on the Table. The object of the re-organization is to secure—(1), uniformity of standard; (2), that the inspection of schools shall not be placed in the hands of young and inexperienced Inspectors, but in that of men having practical experience as teachers; and (3), to open the ranks to those who have had that practical experience. I am now able to state that seven of our ablest and most experienced Inspectors' Assistants who have been schoolmasters, and have served for 10 years and upwards under Her Majesty's Inspectors, have been promoted by the Lord President to the rank of Sub-Inspector.