Politics of English Elementary School Finance 1833-1870

This is a specialized examination – not of the history of elementary schools in the mid-19th century – but of the technology of their revenue and the ways in which operational development was influenced by the sources and methodology of receipts. It will be of interest not just to historians of education but also to political historians, economists, and sociologists in general.


“Mr. Morris has filled a gap in the exiting extensive literature of this period and the book will be of value to both educational and social historians.” – Peter Gordon, University of London

“The main strength of the volume lies in its combination of research in primary sources and its radical and penetrating interpretation of the facts….a useful contribution to the literature on nineteenth-century education.” – Richard Aldrich, University of London

Table of Contents

Table of contents:
Preface by Brian Simon
1. Demography and Idleness
2. The Sectarian Contest
3. Local Provision – National Standards
4. The Newcastle Commission
5. The Revised Code
6. The Short Term Consequences of the Revised Code
7. The Conservative Solution
8. A Liberal Version
9. The Radical Left
10. The 1870 Act – Problems and Principles
11. 1870: Drafting the Bill
12. The 1870 Bill: February-May 1870
13. Cabinet 14 June part 1
14. Cabinet 14 June part 2
15. Cabinet 15 June
16. 1870: A Bill is passed
17. Conclusion
Appendices; Bibliography; Index