A History of Children's Reading and Literature by Alec Ellis and G. Chandler (Auth.)

By Alec Ellis and G. Chandler (Auth.)

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And encouraged the formation of libraries by grants of books to the value of £5, on condition that an equal sum was raised by each school. K. had established 2438 such libraries in England, and 33 in Wales. S. issued an address to the public "on the subject of the formation of libraries in schools" in 1832, and in that year began a scheme of library grants to all "well recommended cases", so that by 1849 grants had been received by 3108 libraries in Great Britain and Ireland. On a local level libraries were usually controlled by school managers or teachers.

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The Taunton Commissioners discovered that the only grammar schools providing a high standard of free education to a large number of scholars were at Bedford, Birmingham, and Manchester, whilst other schools in this category offered "a similar education to that which may be obtained in our National and British schools". There was an urgent need for good schools which would cater for children aged 14 or 15, and it was suggested that such schools should either be attached to elementary schools which were subject to inspection, or that they should be brought into some relationship one with another.

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