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1972 James Report (complete)
The James Report (1972)
Teacher Education and Training
Report by a Committee of Inquiry appointed by the Secretary of State for Education and Science, under the Chairmanship of Lord James of Rusholme
London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office 1972
Notes on the text
In 1970 Secretary of State for Education Margaret Thatcher invited Eric James (Lord James of Rusholme) (1909-1992) to chair a Committee of Inquiry on Teacher Education and Training to consider:
Lord James had taught science at Winchester College from 1933 to 1945 and was High Master of Manchester Grammar School from 1945 to 1962. In 1962 he became the first Vice-Chancellor of the University of York, remaining there until he retired in 1973. The seven members of the committee submitted their report in December 1971 and it was published in January 1972.
James was a well-known advocate of meritocracy and academic rigour, which may explain why this report recommended turning the colleges of education into mini-universities where students would follow a two-year academic course (leading to a new Diploma in Higher Education) before beginning their teacher training.
The report online
The full text of the report (including the Appendices) is online in a single web page.
I've corrected a handful of misprints and a few spelling inconsistencies. Anything added by way of explanation is shown [in square brackets].
In Appendices 7 and 8 the tables are shown as images.
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.
Summary of the report's main recommendations
The report's 133 recommendations are listed in Appendix 9. They included:
The 1972 James 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 6 November 2012.