1977 Taylor Report (complete)
The Taylor Report (1977)
A New Partnership for Our Schools
Report of the Committee of Enquiry appointed jointly by the Secretary of State for Education and Science and the Secretary of State for Wales under the chairmanship of Mr Tom Taylor CBE
London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office 1977
Notes on the text
The committee of enquiry was appointed by Labour education secretary Reg Prentice (and the Secretary of State for Wales) in April 1975 (eighteen months before prime minister Jim Callaghan gave his Ruskin College speech which began the 'Great Debate' about education). It was asked:
To review the arrangements for the management and government of maintained primary and secondary schools in England and Wales, including the composition and functions of bodies of managers and governors, and their relationships with local education authorities, with head teachers and staffs of schools, with parents of pupils and with the local community at large; and to make recommendations.The committee's report was presented to education secretary Shirley Williams and Welsh secretary John Morris in June 1977. (Margaret Thatcher's Tories won the 1979 election and Williams left the Labour party in 1981 to become one of the 'Gang of Four' who founded the Social Democratic Party, which was later merged with the Liberal party).
Born in 1929, Tom Taylor (pictured) became a member of Blackburn Town Council in 1954 and was its Leader from 1972 to 1976. He was a founder member of the Council of the Lancaster University and served as its Deputy Pro-Chancellor from 1972 to 1995. He became a peer (Baron Taylor of Blackburn) in 1978. He was suspended from membership of the Lords for six months in 2009 after being caught up in the 'cash for questions' scandal.
The 23 members of the committee included Joan Sallis, who has long campaigned for school governor training and was the first national president of the Campaign for State Education.
The committee was divided on a number of issues, one member (Councillor PO Fulton, chair of Cleveland's education committee) even producing his own minority report, which can be found in the Notes.
The Taylor Report contains an invaluable history of school managers and governors from 597 to 1945 in Appendix B.
The report online
The full text of the report (including the Appendices) is online.
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've corrected a handful of misprints and a few spelling inconsistencies.
Anything added by way of explanation is shown [in square brackets]. Note, however, that square brackets are used in Appendices B, E and G - these are as shown in the printed version.
Summary of the report's main recommendations
The committee made 89 recommendations, which can be found in the Summary of recommendations. The following are some of the key points:
The 1977 Taylor Report and the above notes were prepared for the web by Derek Gillard. The report was uploaded on 17 August 2008; the revised notes on 24 November 2012.