1906 Dyke Report (text)
The Dyke Report (1906)
Report of the Consultative Committee upon Questions Affecting Higher Elementary 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. Sir William Hart Dyke (1837-1931), was educated at Harrow and Christ Church, Oxford. He became a Conservative MP and held several ministerial posts in the governments of Disraeli and Lord Salisbury. He was Vice-President of the Committee of the Council on Education from 1887 to 1892. He was also an enthusiastic tennis player.
For this report, the Committee was asked to consider the curriculum of Higher Elementary Schools, which, under the Code of 1904, was required to be of a predominantly scientific type, and to determine 'the nature and amount of that special instruction which marks it off from the upper part of an ordinary Public Elementary School'.
The report online
The Dyke Report was published in a large format - roughly A4 size.
The complete report (including the Appendices) is online in a single web page.
I have made one change to the page layout: the section headings, which in the original were printed in the margins, are shown here in bold type in the body of the text. In one case (Their disadvantages on page 24) this has meant dividing a paragraph in two.
The page headers (chapter title on both left and right hand pages) have been omitted.
I have simplified some of the punctuation and corrected the positioning of some speech marks.
The five tables (in the Appendices) are presented as images. They are shown as links: clicking on one opens the table in a new window.
Anything added by way of explanation is shown [in square brackets].
Some points from the report
The 1906 Dyke Report and the above notes were prepared for the web by Derek Gillard and uploaded on 24 September 2012.