1913 Acland Report (complete)
The Acland Report (1913)
Report of the Consultative Committee on the Practical Work in Secondary 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 itself (pages 1-65) and Appendix B (a history of constructional handwork, pages 132-140) are presented here as searchable text in a single web page. The other sections (Appendix A, the Summaries of Evidence and the Index) are presented as image-only pdf files. Please note that the Summaries of Evidence file is very large - 33.7mb - and may take some time to download.
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 (report title on the left hand pages, chapter title on the right) have been omitted.
I have simplified some of the punctuation and corrected three printing errors and the positioning of some speech marks. Otherwise, the text presented here is as printed in the report. Blank pages have been omitted. Anything added by way of explanation is shown [in square brackets].
I feel I should point out that Appendix B contains the grossly offensive phrase 'inferior races'. I am uncomfortable about reproducing this on the web, but hope readers will regard it - as I do - as an example of the appalling attitudes which prevailed at the time this report was produced.
One final point: the print quality of this report - being more than 100 years old! - was poor, with much speckling and indistinct lettering. My OCR software therefore had problems rendering it as text. Some pages were so faint that the software-produced text was mostly gobbledegook and needed complete retyping. 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 1913 Acland Report and the above notes were prepared for the web by Derek Gillard and uploaded on 24 September 2012.