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Report on Inspection adopted at the November Meeting of the Board.

THREE modes of providing for the inspection of schools in union present themselves for consideration :

I. By the several Local Boards charging themselves with the work in their respective districts.

II. By the Diocesan Board undertaking it by an inspector of their own.

III. By using the inspectors of the National Society.

Neither of these methods, it is conceived, taken singly, would be efficient. The Committee therefore recommend (as will be presently more fully developed) a union of two at least of the modes above-mentioned. In order to make the inspection satisfactory, it appears absolutely essential that the Local Boards should take a considerable part in the work. But this implies a much greater activity, and a more complete system of organization and cooperation than can be said at present to exist (speaking of the diocese generally). For this purpose, it is suggested that the rural deans might relieve themselves of a portion of their labours, where they are found to press too heavily, by appointing secretaries to their Boards (as is already done in Berkshire). Even then, however, a greater unity of action would be required, which, it is conceived, can be best secured by the archidiaconal secretaries maintaining a constant correspondence with the several Local Boards, with a view to securing the regular and efficient visitation of the schools. By this means a general view would be obtained of the state of schools throughout the diocese, and a facility offered for arranging the visits of a professional inspector to places where he might be most needed. The partial services at least of such a paid officer, will, in the judgment of the Committee, be indispensable. And though in the present immatured state of measures in contemplation by the National Society, it would not be advisable fully to determine whether he should be appointed for this single diocese, or for this diocese

jointly with one or more others, or be one of the National Society's general inspectors, they venture to observe, that the larger the field of the inspector's duties, (within reasonable bounds, that is,) the more competent will he be to their efficient discharge.

In the interim, till a more complete system of organization can be effected in concert with the National Society, the Local Boards should be requested to consider themselves charged with the entire responsibility of inspecting such schools as may be in union with the Board, in their several districts.

In order to secure uniformity of inquiry, much assistance would be gained from the use of printed forms, to be filled up by the inspectors, which the secretary might procure from the National Society, or have printed for the use of the Board.

The Committee beg also to suggest that the authority of the Lord Bishop of the diocese (if he should think fit to give the written sanction of his name) would materially tend to strengthen the hands of the inspectors, as well as make them more acceptable to the parochial clergy.

It is essential that each school should be inspected once at least in the year; and as it is conceived the autumn and spring are the seasons in which country schools are best attended, the reports might be collected by the archidiaconal secretaries from each Local Board, and transmitted to the secretary in Oxford, to be laid before the diocesan meetings in February and May.

In conclusion, the Committee wish to express their opinion, that no delay should take place in this matter; and they would suggest, that if this report be adopted by the Board, the archidiaconal secretaries be requested forthwith to place themselves in communication with the several Local Boards, for the purpose of carrying out the above recommendations, according to the circumstances of the different places; and that the Board do authorize the payment of such necessary expenses as may be

incurred.

The archidiaconal secretaries were requested to communicate to the Local Boards the earnest wish of the Board that the opportunity be taken of verifying and completing the returns which have been already made.

Archidiaconal Boardsa.

ARCHDEACONRY OF OXFORD.

President, VEN. C. C. CLERKE, Archdeacon.
Secretary, REV. JOHN LEY.

ARCHDEACONRY OF BERKSHIRE.

President, VEN. EDWARD BERENS, Archdeacon.

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REV. C. L. KIRBY, Rural Dean.

REV. E. F. GLANVILLE, Secretary and Inspector.

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a The Oxfordshire Board meet on the First Tuesday, the Berkshire Board

on the third Thursday, in each month.

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