HMI Education 5 to 9 (1982)
Education 5 to 9 (complete)
Education 5 to 9 (1982)
An illustrative survey of 80 first schools in England
London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office 1982
Notes on the text
The 1967 Plowden Report Children and their Primary Schools recommended (in chapter 30, page 426, para. 1164) that surveys of the quality of primary schools should be conducted at least once every ten years.
In response, between 1978 and 1985 HMI produced five surveys covering the whole school age range:
The preliminary work for this survey of 80 first schools, all established as first schools for at least three years, was undertaken in 1977. Visiting the selected sample began a year later and was completed in 1979. The findings of this survey relate, therefore, to the circumstances of that time.
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 survey online
The full text of the survey, including the Appendices, is online in a single web page.
The tables are presented here as images, embedded in the text where they were in the printed version.
I have corrected a dozen or so printing errors and tidied up some inconsistencies, the most obvious of which is the numbering of the two Appendices. Throughout the main text and the Index these were referred to by the Roman numerals I and II but they were actually numbered 1 and 2 so I have changed all the Roman numerals.
In the printed version of chapter 2 there were two paragraph numbering errors. There was no paragraph 2.51 - I have not attempted to correct this. But I have corrected the other numbering error: there were two paragraphs numbered 2.152. The first of these should have been 2.151 and it is numbered thus here.
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 (chapter titles on both left and right hand pages) have been omitted.
Summary of the survey's conclusions
The 1982 HMI survey Education 5 to 9 and the above notes were prepared for the web by Derek Gillard. The survey was uploaded on 4 June 2006; the revised notes on 4 November 2012.