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Burnham Committee records

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0366 BUR
Held at: Institute of Education
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Full title: Burnham Committee records
Date(s): 1972-1987
Level of description: collection
Extent: 1 box; 16 lever arch files
Name of creator(s): Burnham Committee
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Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1918, the recommendations of a Departmental Committee on the construction of scales of salary (Cd 8939), paved the way for the first Burnham report of 1919, which 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.

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 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:

Correspondence and papers of Brian Rusbridge, Secretary to the Burnham and Allied Commitees, 1972-1987, including minutes of the meetings of of the Primary and Secondary and Further Education Management Panels, 1979-1986; minutes of meetings of the Primary and Secondary Committee, 1976-1987; notes on meetings of the Primary and Secondary Committee, 1984-1987 and of the Further Education Committee, 1982-1986; verbatim transcripts of the Primary and Secondary Committee meetings, 1972-1980 and of Education Committee meetings, 1979-1983; files relating the Committee of Inquiry into Teachers' Pay (the Houghton Committee), 1974-1975.

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System of arrangement:

Original order.

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of Reader Application Form.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A reader wishing to publish any quotation of information, including pictorial, derived from any archive material must apply in writing for prior permission from the Archivist or other appropriate person(s) as indicated by the Archivist. A limited number of photocopies may be supplied at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids:

Collection level description available on-line at the Institute of Education website

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated in 1995.

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Feb 2008

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