COUNTY CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS: RECORDS RELATING TO INSPECTIONS OF SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, ADULT EDUCATION INSTITUTES AND REMEDIAL CENTRES
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- Ref No: CC78
- Repository: Surrey History Centre, Woking
- Date: 1903-1977
- Format: Archives
- Description: The records consist of files relating to individual educational institutions and contain correspondence between the institution and the Inspectorate, reports on the school and papers relating to appointment of staff and education policy. There are also papers relating to specific staff, pupils or problems with the school, mostly of a sensitive nature, hence the 100 year closure period.
- Admin History: In addition to the inspections carried out by HM Inspectors, the Education Committee maintained their own Inspectorate. This consisted of the Chief Inspector; five Area Inspectors, each having responsibility for the work of a team of inspectors working in the schools in one of the five areas of the county; and four staff inspectors, three of whom had responsibility for a stage of education, ie Primary and Special Education, Secondary Education, Further and Adult Education. The fourth staff inspector was responsible for the in-service training of teachers. There were 19 General Inspectors, each normally having responsibility for a group of primary and secondary schools as a member of an area team, in addition to having responsibility for a particular subject or aspect of education throughout the county. There were nine Assistant Inspectors, each of whom worked with a General Inspector and a Specialist Inspector. The Chief Inspector was responsible for planning and co-ordinating the overall work of the team.
The duties of the Inspectorate included: advising headteachers on organisation and curriculum; advising teachers on curriculum content, teaching method and classroom organisation; providing the Education Department with a source of information about individual schools and teachers and, where necessary, providing reports on schools and on the work of teachers; advising on school design and on the equipment of schools; advising on the appointment of teachers; providing an in-service programme of courses for teachers; and studying, reporting and advising on problems in individual schools and problems affecting many schools.
- Level: Collection
- Access Status: Open. Closed for 100 years.
- Provenance: Transferred by the County Chief Inspector of Education in September 1979.
- Arrangement: The files are arranged under type of school, eg primary, secondary etc, and then alphabetically by ancient parish.
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