HMI: Matters for Discussion

1 Ten Good Schools
2 Classics in Comprehensive Schools
3 Modern Languages in Comprehensive Schools
4 Gifted Children in Middle and Comprehensive Secondary Schools
5 The Teaching of Ideas in Geography
6 Mixed Ability Work in Comprehensive Schools
7 The Education of Children in Hospitals for the Mentally Handicapped
8 Developments in the BEd Degree Course
9 Mathematics 5 to 11
10 Community Homes with Education
11 A View of the Curriculum
12 Modern Languages in Further Education
13 Girls and Science
14 Mathematics in the Sixth Form
15 The New Teacher in School

Matters for Discussion (1977-82)
HMI Series

London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office 1977-82
Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland.

Notes on the text


Matters for Discussion was a series of 15 booklets published by HMI between 1977 and 1982.

They were part of the 'Great Debate' about the nature and purpose of education which Prime Minister Jim Callaghan had called for in his speech at Ruskin College Oxford on 18 October 1976.

The booklets frequently refer to the years of compulsory schooling in secondary school as years 1 to 5. Since the introduction of the National Curriculum these have been designated Years 6 to 10.

They all had similar covers (number 4 is shown here), though they were not all the same colour.

The online version

Each of the booklets in the series is presented here in a single web page. Links are provided to the main section headings so you can either scroll through a whole document or go straight to a particular section.

Section headings and footnotes were printed in the margin: I have moved the headings into the main body of the text and the footnotes to their usual position at the bottom of each page - in a few cases this has meant adding an asterisk.

Otherwise, 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 on, say, page 103, you can be sure it appeared on page 103 in the original.

The page headers (booklet title on the left hand pages, chapter title on the right) have been omitted.

The tables and diagrams are presented as images. A few larger ones are shown in the text as links: clicking on one opens the table or diagram in a new window.

Most of the booklets contained a few printing errors: I have corrected those I spotted.

Blank pages have been omitted.

The HMI series Matters for Discussion and the above notes were prepared for the web by Derek Gillard. Twelve of the booklets were uploaded on 16 Aug 2011; numbers 10 and 15 and the notes on 30 October 2012; number 12 on 25 June 2013.