1933 Hadow Report (text)
The Hadow Report (1933)
Infant and Nursery 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
Like the report on The Primary School, this report was also surprisingly progressive. It recommended modern ways of teaching young children, the employment of classroom helpers in infant schools, and the widespread provision of nursery education.
For more about Hadow and other Committee members and summaries of the reports, see my article The Hadow Reports: an introduction.
There are six documents dealing with early years education on this website. They are:
1908 Acland Report School Attendance of Children Below the Age of Five
The report online
The full text of the report (including the Appendices) is presented 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 sub-headings on both left and right hand pages) have been omitted.
I have added explanations to a couple of obscure words and corrected a few misprints. Anything added by way of explanation is shown [in square brackets].
The photographic plates in Appendices II and IV were scanned from photocopies so the quality is less than brilliant.
Summary of the report's main recommendations
The report lists 105 recommendations (the largest number of any of the Hadow reports) including:
The 1933 Hadow Report and the above notes were prepared for the web by Derek Gillard. The report was uploaded on 20 August 2006; the revised notes on 4 November 2012.