File: School of Education

Scope and Content

Papers relating to the administration of the University's School of Education, established in 1948. The School was administratively separate from the Department of Education, although in practice they enjoyed close relations. The School was responsible for overseeing the work of teacher training colleges in the local area, and resulted from the recommendations of the McNair Report, Teachers and Youth Leaders (1944) that an improved system of teacher training be introduced into the U.K., with a greater supervisory role for the universities. R.A.C. Oliver had been involved in the deliberations of the McNair Committee (although he was not a member), and played the leading role in the creation of the Manchester, serving as its first Director. The School originally had responsibility for three local colleges (Sedgley Park, De la Salle and the Municipal College of Domestic Economy), but the School became responsible for several others during the 1950s. The papers include material on establishment of the School and relations with the local colleges, but also document the views of Professor Oliver on the work of the School.

Related Material

See also VCA/7/345 and VCA/7/371. The School's own records are part of the Faculty of Education archive, (FED/3).