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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LCC/EO/STA
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1881-1968
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 14.88 linear metres
Name of creator(s): LCC | London County Council x London County Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Education Committee of the London County Council consisted of 35 members of the Council and a number of co-opted members who were invited to serve on the Committee because of their experience in the educational field. The Committee was divided into smaller sub-committees, each with a specific focus, for example the Further Education Sub-Committee concerned itself with the policy and management of all after school-age education. The Education Officer and his staff carried out the decisions of the Committees and acted as their advisers.

To avoid over-centralisation, London was divided into 9 divisions, each consisting of about three of the metropolitan boroughs. Every division had a local office, the headquarters of the divisional officer who was the representative of the Education Officer. School inspectors were also based at the divisional office.

In 1919, the Standing Joint Committee on Scales of Salary for Teachers in Public Elementary Schools was established at the request of the President of the Board of Education 'to secure the orderly and progressive solution of the salary question in Public Elementary Schools on a national basis and its correlation with a solution of the salary problem in Secondary Schools'. Similar committees were subsequently established concerned with the salaries of teachers in secondary schools and those teaching in technical schools. The first Burnham report of 1919 established a provisional minimum scale for elementary school teachers payable from January 1920. This initial stage was followed in 1921 by four standard scales of salary allocated by areas, which were to operate for four years. Negotiations for scales of salary to operate following the four year settlement ended in disagreement and was finally decided by arbitration, Lord Burnham acting as arbiter. Four new scales were formulated as well as some re-allocation scales for individual authorities.

The committees became known as the Burnham Committees after the chairman Lord Burnham, and following his death in 1933 the title was officially adopted.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the London County Council Education Officer's Department relating to staff, 1881-1968.

Subject and policy files relating to the Burnham Committees, including the Elementary Committee, Secondary Committee, Technical Committee, Standing Joint Committees (Elementary, Secondary and Technical), Local Education Authorities Panel, papers relating to revision of salaries and papers relating to arbitration proceedings.

Subject and policy files relating to teaching staff, including papers on student teacherships; the eligibility of aliens; assessment machinery for promotion of teachers; teachers failing to pass the certificate examination; employment of conscientious objectors; shortage of Infants' school teachers; married women teachers; staffing of elementary schools; staffing of schools in poor and difficult districts; qualifications required for teachers of commercial subjects in central schools; distribution and training of music teachers; supply teachers; women teachers in boys' departments; appointment of Head Teachers; environmental conditions of teachers and children; interchange of staff and exchanges abroad; recruitment and employment of teachers; supervision of meals and teacher training colleges.

Subject and policy files relating to non-teaching staff including the LCC Education Officer and his staff; the Chief Inspector and inspectors of schools; the Children's care service; health visitors and the School Health Service; social workers; school inquiry officers; the Play Centre Service; and administrative and clerical staff.

Registers of teachers and other staff working at LCC and non-provided schools; registers of applicants for employment; registers of pupil teachers, salary registers and registers of unattached teachers. Pamphlets "The Teaching Profession - How to become a Teacher in a London School" (1921) and "Willingly to School: An Introduction to the Work of the Education Officer's Department" (1952).

Also album of photographs of members of the Education (Executive) Dept in 1908 presented to Mr. (later Sir) Robert Blair on occasion of his Silver Wedding, 1908, including photographs of Philippa Fawcett, principal assistant in charge of secondary schools, and Elizabeth Burgwin, child care pioneer.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

LCC/EO/STA/01: Burnham Committee; LCC/EO/STA/02: Teachers; LCC/EO/STA/03: Non teaching staff; LCC/EO/STA/04: Registers; LCC/EO/STA/05: Printed material and photographs.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Acquired with the records of its parent body, the London County Council.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

For further information on the history of the LCC please see Achievement: A Short History of the London County Council by W Eric Jackson (1965), LMA Library reference 18.0 1965, The London County Council 1938, LMA Library reference 18.7 SER 4, and The Youngest County: A description of London as a county and its public services, 1951, LMA Library reference 18.0 1951.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
April to June 2009

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