1931 Hadow Report (complete)
The Hadow Report (1931)
The Primary School
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. It was replaced following the 1944 Education Act by the Central Advisory Council for Education (CACE).
Sir Henry Hadow was an educationist (Vice Chancellor of the University of Sheffield from 1919 to 1930), a well-known music critic and a prodigious writer. He chaired the Consultative Committee for six reports between 1923 and 1933:
1923 Differentiation of the Curriculum for Boys and Girls
The 1931 report was surprisingly progressive. It argued that 'a good school is ... not a place of compulsory instruction, but a community of old and young, engaged in learning by cooperative experiment' and that 'the curriculum is to be thought of in terms of activity and experience rather than of knowledge to be acquired and facts to be stored'.
For more about Hadow and other Committee members and summaries of the reports, see my article The Hadow Reports: an introduction.
The report online
The full text of the report (including the Appendices) is online in a single web page.
I have modernised some of the punctuation (so that, for example, " secondary " is shown as 'secondary' and Mr. W.H. Webbe C.B.E. appears as Mr WH Webbe CBE); and I've updated one or two spellings (timetable instead of time-table, today instead of to-day etc).
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.
The page headers (chapter sub-headings on both left and right hand pages) have been omitted.
Anything added by way of explanation is shown [in square brackets].
The photographic plates in Appendix II were scanned from photocopies so the quality is less than brilliant.
Summary of the report's main recommendations
The report lists 70 recommendations including:
The 1931 Hadow Report and the above notes were prepared for the web by Derek Gillard. The report was uploaded on 22 May 2006; the appendices on 17 September 2006; the revised notes on 4 November 2012.