1928 Hadow Report (text)
The Hadow Report (1928)
Books in Public Elementary Schools
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
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 updated one or two spellings (timetable instead of time-table, today instead of to-day etc).
The page headers (chapter title on both left and right hand pages) have been omitted.
There is much in this report about expenditure on books. The figures quoted are, of course, in pre-decimal currency, so I have added the decimal equivalents.
Anything added by way of explanation is shown [in square brackets].
Summary of the report's main recommendations
The report lists 43 recommendations including:
The 1928 Hadow Report and the above notes were prepared for the web by Derek Gillard. The report was uploaded on 24 July 2006; the revised notes on 4 November 2012.