The majority of the key works of Kay-Shuttleworth can be found here, many of them published during his time as Assistant Secretary of the Education Committee (1839-49). This was a decade of great productivity, during which time he established the foundations of a national system of education, the principles of which still exist today.
Important reports include: The Training of Pauper Children (1838 and 1839); School Sites: A Bill intituled, An Act for Affording Further Facilities for the Conveyance and Endowment of Sites for Schools (1841), with annotations by Kay-Shuttleworth; and The Present Condition of the Administration of the Parliamentary Grant under the Committee of Council of Education. With Suggestions for its Security and Improvement (1845).
Later works show his continued contribution to the fields of pedagogy and social reform, long after he had retired from the Education Committee. These include reports as follows: Training Colleges (1872); National Union of Elementary Teachers. Fifth Annual Conference (1874); On the Relief of Distress in Manufacturing Districts: Report of the Central Executive Committee (1873); and Results of the Education Act (1876).
Some of his many addresses are also included, for example Medical and Middleclass Education (1856), and On Public Education, and the relation of Moral and Physical Forces in Civilization (1860). There are a number of addresses which were written for conferences and annual meetings, for example on the occasion of the opening of the Padiham Trade School (1854), the annual meeting of The Manchester School of Art (1863), the conference of the Association of Lancashire and Cheshire Mechanic's Institutions (1863), Art-Workmen's Industrial Exhibition, Manchester (1866), and the annual conference of the National Union of Elementary Teachers (1874).
There is a collection of 23 newspaper and magazine reviews of Kay-Shuttleworth's first historical novel, Scarsdale, or Life on the Lancashire and Yorkshire Border Thirty Years Ago (1860).
There are several copies of his historic letter to Lord Granville regarding the Revised Code for Education (1861), and a number of papers relating to Kay-Shuttleworth's involvement in the founding of the Free Grammar School at Giggleswick ( and 1872), his scheme for middle-class education (), and his memorandum on training-colleges (1872).
Collaborations with key social and educational reformers of the day include his introduction to Work for Ladies in Elementary Schools (1872), which was written by Louisa Maria Hubbard, and several works with Edward Carlton Tufnell (1839-1877).
Later printed papers comprise newspaper obituaries of Sir James as well as a scrapbook of cuttings collected and assembled by his son Ughtred (1873-80). There is also a copy of the published autobiography of celebrated composer and music teacher John Pyke Hullah (1886), a one-time collaborator of Kay-Shuttleworth.