1909 Acland Report (complete)
The Acland Report (1909)
Consultative Committee Report on Attendance, Compulsory or Otherwise, at Continuation Schools
London: HM Stationery Office
Notes on the text
The 1899 Board of Education Act established a Board of Education 'charged with the superintendence of matters relating to education in England and Wales' (section 1). It provided for the establishment of a Consultative Committee to keep a register of teachers and to advise the Board 'on any matter referred to the committee by the Board' (section 4).
The Consultative Committee produced many reports - including this one - during its lifetime, including the six Hadow Reports of the 1920s and 30s and the 1938 Spens Report. It was replaced following the 1944 Education Act by the Central Advisory Council for Education (CACE).
The Chair of the Committee for this report, the Right Hon. Arthur Herbert Dyke Acland (1847-1926), had been MP for Rotherham between 1885 and 1889 and Vice-President of the Committee of the Council on Education from 1892 to 1895.
The report online
The Report on Attendance, Compulsory or Otherwise, at Continuation Schools was published in two volumes.
Volume I, the report itself, is presented here as searchable text in a single web page, with the exception of the Appendices (pages 238-299) and the Index (pages i-xxvii), which are image-only pdf files. (For some unknown reason, there was no Appendix J).
Volume II is not online: it contained summaries of evidence presented to the Committee.
The formatting of the text (bold, italics, centred etc) is a reasonably accurate representation of the printed version, but the pages presented here are not exact facsimiles of the original: the font (Times, Arial etc) and size of print - and therefore the number of words to a line and lines to a page - are determined by the settings you have chosen for your web browser. However, the page breaks are correct. In other words, if something is shown here as being on, say, page 103, you can be sure it appeared on page 103 in the original.
I have simplified some of the punctuation and corrected a handful of printing errors and the positioning of some speech marks. I have also removed the speech marks which were printed at the start of every line in a quotation. (Actually, many such passages shouldn't have had speech marks at all, since they are reported rather than direct speech, but I have resisted the temptation to correct such mistakes!) I have updated some archaic usage: 'employé' is rendered here as 'employee' and '1l' as '£1'.
Otherwise, the text presented here is as printed in the report. Blank pages have been omitted.
The page headers (report title on the left hand pages, chapter title on the right) have been omitted.
The tables are presented as images and are embedded in the text where they were in the printed version.
The report contains many references to Britain's pre-decimal currency, in which the pound (£) was divided into 20 shillings (s.). A shilling was further divided into 12 pence (d.). I have given the modern equivalents in a few cases but it would have been cumbersome to translate them all.
One final point: my copy of this report - being more than 100 years old - was of poor quality, with much speckling and indistinct lettering. My OCR software therefore had problems rendering it as text. It confused words like he/be, cars/ears, hut/but, arc/are etc - mistakes which my spell-checker could not, of course, identify. I've proof-read the text as carefully as I can, but if you spot any errors, do please let me know. Contact details are here.
Summary of the report's main recommendations
The 1909 Acland Report and the above notes were prepared for the web by Derek Gillard and uploaded on 9 July 2012.
1909 Acland Report (complete)