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give so important a proposal the consideration and support, which it is generally admitted to deserve.

(Circular Letter). SIR,

Houghton-le-Spring, Fence Houses, February 1855. I an instructed to forward to you the accompanying statement, respecting the terms and conditions on which the Durham and Northumberland Prize-Scheme Association propose to offer prizes and rewards to the children of the working classes; and, at the same time, to call your attention to the objects of the association,-namely, to encourage the children of the working classes to remain longer at school; and, after they have left school, and are gone to work, to encourage them at that critical period of their life still to continue their endeavours to improve, and to make use of the opportunities and advantages afforded by evening schools and Sunday schools.

I am also instructed by the conimittee to call attention to the importance which will be attached to character and good conduct, and attention to their religious duties on the part of the candidates, so that those who are able to pass a satisfactory examination, which will be carefully regulated so as not to be too difficult, will obtain the proposed prizes, only if their certificates as to character and good conduct are satisfactory. Mere cleverness, without good conduct, will not be deemed worthy of a prize.

In submitting this statement for your consideration, I hope the importance of this attempt will be carefully noticed, inasmuch as its object in truth is to encourage the children of the working classes in the formation of yood steady habits at the most critical period of their life; and that this iinportant attempt will be supported by your countenance; and that you will be disposed to contribute to the funds for that purpose.

I have the honor to be, &c.

(Signed) John GREY.

Associatiox for the ADVANCEMENT of Education in the Mining and

MANUFACTURING Districts in the Counties of DURHAM and

NortHUMBERLAND. President.--Earl of Durham.

Vice-Presidents.-Duke of Cleveland, K.G.; Lord Ravensworth; Earl Grey; Earl of Carlisle; R. Stephenson, M.P.; Viscount Barrington; H. G. Liddell, M.P.

Committee.-I. L. Bell, Esq., Mayor of Newcastle; Nicholas Wood, Esq., Hetton Hall; H. T. Morton, Esq., Biddick House; the Vicar of Newcastle; Hon. and Rev. John Grey, Houghton-le-Spring; Rev. H. Maxwell, Heddon-on-the-Wall; J. Ilartley, Esq., Bishopwearmouth; T. E. Forster, Esq., Newcastle ; C. Lamb, Esq., Jesmond Dene, Newcastle ; R. W. Swinburne, Esq., Cleadon, South Shields ; C. Trotter, Esq., Stockton; C. L. Wood, Esq., Black Boy, Bishop Auckland; R. W. Hodgson, Esq., Mayor of Gateshead; W. Henderson, Esq., Durham.

Provisional Secretary.- Hon. and Rev. John Grey. Subscriptions may be paid to the account of the association at the Durham

and Northumberland District Bank, Newcastle, and at Messrs. Back

house's Bank, Durham. The object of the association being to encourage good conduct and regularity of attendance in the schools in union with it, by means of a prizescheme, to be extended to all schools under Government inspection in the counties of Durham and Northumberland, whether in connexion with the Church of England or not, it is proposed to give prizes to such hoys and girls as shall appear to Her Majesty's Inspectors and to the Comniittee to be deserving of such rewards; and also, under certain regulations specified below, to boys who have left school and gone to work.

Every candidate must be furnished with a certificate as to conduct, character, and attendance at school, both on week-days and Sundays. The examination will be confined to religious knowledge, reading, writing from dictation, and arithmetic.

The secretary of the association shall transmit to the master or mistress of every school in union with the association the requisite forms to be filled up, which must be returned to the secretary at least ten days before the examination.

Any school under Government inspection may be placed on the list of the association by the managers of the school signifying to the secretary their assent to the rules of the association, and paying a subscription of 51. to the fund, which subscription shall be due on the 1st of January in each year. A firm subscribing 101. will be entitled to place all its schools on the list.

Boys and girls will be admitted as candidates according to the following regulations :

Class I.-Prize of 11. Candidates to be boys or girls who can produce certificates,1. That they have attended for two years, and are still attending, some school approved by the association and under Government inspection.

2. That they have completed their tenth year. 3. That their character and progress in religious knowledge are satisfactory. N.B. A year's attendance at school will be understood to mean that the scholar has attended at least 176 days in the year.

Class II.-Prize of 21. Candidates to be boys or girls who can produce certificates,1. That they have gained the preceding prize. 2. That they have continued to attend school regularly.

3. That their character and progress in religious knowledge continue to be satisfactory.

N.B. This prize may be gained in each successive year until they leave school. Class III.— Prize of 51. for boys who have left school and gone to work.

Candidates to be boys who can produce certificates, 1. That they have gained the preceding prizes.

2. That they have completed their thirteenth and have not completed their sixteenth years.

3. That they are employed in connexion with the works of some member of the association.

4. That their character is good.

5. That they have attended some drawing school or evening school, as well as some Sunday school, since leaving their day school.

Class IV. In special cases, to be determined by the examinations of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Schools, exhibitions will be awarded to assist deserving candidates to attend schools capable of educating them as mining agents, surveyors, &c.

All working details will be regulated according to the wants of the district by the Committee of Management, in concert with Her Majesty's Inspectors of Schools.

SUMMARIES OF TABULATED REPORTS, FOR 1853–4, on Schools

INSPECTED BY Rev. D. J. STEWART.

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The amount of accommodation in square feet, divided by 8, will give the number of children who can be properly accommodated. Calculations of area i! school-rooms, as compared with the average attendance of scholars, shouid be made upon this basis. + At the date of closing this return.

These per-centages are confined to boys' and girls' schools, and do not include infants.

SUMMARY B.

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Schools inspected in the Counties of Wilts, Berks, and Hants,

in 1853-4, by Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools, the Rev. W. WARBURTON.

SIR,

Southampton, 27 Nov. 1854. I HAVE the honor to present the detailed reports on the schools which I have visited during the last twelve months,

I take this opportunity of tendering my acknowledgments to their Lordships, of the Committee of Council on Education, for having acceded to my request for six months' leave of absence in consequence of the unsatisfactory state of iny health. J much regret that the same cause which compelled me to make that request renders it necessary that such observations, on the state of elementary education in my district, as I intended to embody in a General Report this year, should be reserved for that which I hope to lay before their Lordships in the autumn of 1855.

I have the honor to be, &c.

W. WARBURTON. The Secretary of the

Committee of Council on Education.

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