The evolution of the Teachers' Registration Movement from 1846 to 2005

  • Richard Willis

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    The dominant theme is the examination of the development of the Teachers’ Registration Movement and within this context to consider the elements of conflict bearing on policy and decision-making. The submission explores the relationship between private teachers, as represented by the College of Preceptors and external agencies, in ways that no other work does: the position of the government in relation to private teachers is considered in the context of the royal commissions on education, of the early examinations provided by the College of Preceptors, Oxford and Cambridge universities and the Royal Society of Arts, and of the Scholastic Registration Association. Ground-breaking themes are employed in that (a) a comprehensive account of the Teachers’ Registration Movement is presented; (b) there is a consideration of the way in which conflict and divisions emerge within this development; (c) there is an examination of how elementary and secondary teachers interacted with the state over teachers’ registration (this involved a small-scale project conducted by me within the Education Department, University of Wales, Swansea in 1999); (d) attempts are made to relate issues of the past to present-day practice, e.g. the re-emergence of earlier principles to the Beloe Report recommendations. The submission’s extension of knowledge in the field is supported therefore in terms of the
    Date of AwardJan 2010
    Original languageEnglish


    • Teaching
    • Teachers
    • Professional education

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