DC/COP Records of the College of Preceptors
Reference code: GB/366/DC/COP
Title: Records of the College of Preceptors
Dates of creation: 1848-2008
Level of description: Fonds
Extent: c.100 boxes
Administrative history: The College was founded in 1846, by a group of private schoolmasters from Brighton who were concerned about standards within their profession. It pioneered a system for the formal examination and qualification of secondary school teachers and many teachers have acquired the qualifications of the College: ACP (Associate), LCP (Licentiate) and FCP (Fellow). It was also one of the first bodies to examine and provide certificates for secondary school pupils of both sexes, from all over England and Wales, at different levels, and in a wide variety of subjects. Through its publications, meetings, lectures and discussions, the College also participated in debates on examinations, standards and a wide range of professional and educational issues, particularly those affecting private schooling. Many influential educationists have been associated with the College, either as members of Council or as lecturers or advisers, including Joseph Payne (1808-1876), Frances Mary Buss (1827-1894), and Sir John Adams (1857-1934). The College continues to provide in-service qualifications for teachers.
Content and Structure
Scope and content: Records of the College of Preceptors, including minutes and reports of the Council and various committees, 1848-1941; calendars, 1880-1940; examination papers; Diploma Examination Register, 1881-1954; an almost complete run of the College's journal The Educational Times, 1847-1923; some material relating to the Conference of Educational Associations, c1906-1945.
Subject terms: Teacher education; Teaching profession; Teachers; Occupational status; Deontology; Examinations; Examination boards; Secondary education
Personal names: Payne, Joseph
Corporate names: College of Preceptors; Conference of Educational Associations
Conditions of Access and Use
Access conditions: Available for study.
Finding aids: Online Catalogue. A paper list is also available in the Archives Reading Room.