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Summary of reports published in The Times dealing with Army Education

The following tabulation summarises the reports, advertisement and notices published in The Times, dealing with various aspects of army education, covering the period from 1851 until 1899.

Advertisement for Gleig's School Series:
Gleig's History of England, Two parts 1s ea
Gleig's History of the British Colonies 1s
Gleig's History of British India 1s
Gleig's Sacred History 1s plus
McLeod's Explanatory English Grammar
Ad for McLeod's A Manual of Arithmetic 1s Edited by G. R. Gleig Inspector General of Mil. Schools
Notice of Grand Military Fete in support of the Patriotic Fund for the wounded of the Crimea War at the Crystal Palace. Band of the RMA in attendance.
Ad for McLeod's Graduated series of nine copy-books on Mulhaser's Method 3d ea
Manual of Arithmetic
Mental arithmetic
McLeod's Explanatory English Grammar
McLeod's Edition of Goldsmith's Deserted Village
McLeod's My First School to Teach me reading and writing
My second school-book to Teach me Reading and Spelling
McLeod's Edition of Carpenter's Scholar's Spelling Assistant
McLeod's Geography of Palestine or the Hold Land
McLeod's Middle School Atlas
McLeod's Examination Questions in Physical and Political Geography for Training Colleges, Pupil Teachers and Candidates for Government Appointments.
Article Statistics of Education in England and Wales excerpt
"Of the 2,535,462 scholars in week-day schools in 1858 as many as 1,675,158 were in public schools, 1,549,312 were in week-day schools supported by religious bodies: 43,098 were in Ragged, Philanthropic, Birkbeck, and factory schools; 47,478 in workhouses, reformatory, naval, and military schools; and about 35,000 in collegiate and the richer endowed schools. The religious bodies are therefore the chief supporters of schools."
In 1958, the proportion of week-day scholars to the estimated population in England and Wales was 1:7.7; in France 1:9, Holland 1:8.11, Prussia 1:6.27
 The Horse Guards issued notice of vacancies at the Normal School, Chelsea, for army schoolmasters "...and any non-commissioned officer who may be desirous of becoming a candidate will be permitted to undergo the examination. Under the new regulations sanctioned by Her Majesty, the Army Schoolmasters are to be divided into three classes. The first-class receiving 7s a day, the second 5s 6d, the third 4s. The first-class schoolmasters will be appointed warrant officers, and rank next below commissioned officers; the other schoolmasters will rank with the non-commissioned officers. Promotion from one class to another will be made by HRH the Duke of Gloucester, for merit only. After 21 years service the army schoolmasters will be allowed a pension according to the following scale:- First-class 3s 6d per day; second-class 3s; third-class 2s 6d.
Under an AGM order, unit commanding officers to create a sergeants mess. All schoolmasters (if unmarried) and military bandmasters, staff and other sergeants, whether married or single, must be members of the mess, and single members must always be dining members.
Regulations introduced to give the rank of commissioned officers to schoolmasters who qualify. Two grades of schoolmasters created: superintendent schoolmasters and schoolmasters, both grades being subject to the Mutiny Act, the Articles of War, general regulations and orders for the army. Superintending schoolmasters to rank as commissioned officers, the lower grade to rank as non-commissioned officers below the rank of sergeants-major. The pay scale changed: first appointment at 3s per diem, after two years' service 3s 6d, four years 4s, after eight 5s, after ten 5s 6d. After 21 years, pension not to exceed 3s a day. Superintending schoolmasters to get 7s 6d a day. 
Regulations allowing the senior class of army schoolmasters to ranks as commissioned officers with a corresponding rate of pay. Under the general order dated 25 May 1963, schoolmasters with less than four years of service will continue being paid 4s a day, but must serve six years to receive a 6d a day increase. Other detail contained in this new regulation to do with seniority.
A system of lecturing by commissioned officers, chaplains and schoolmasters encouraged. A system of libraries and recreation rooms for troops being created.
A private member's bill to curb drinking
Lawson's "Permissive Prohibitory Liquor Bill discussed and what progress army schoolmasters could make against the 'overwhelming array of publicans'"
Meeting of the Military Education Commission held. Commissioners visited the Normal and Model schools at the Duke of York's School for training army schoolmasters. 
Extensive report by a Royal Commission on the state of Military Education with an extensive commentary on the poor food, hard work at trades, lack of exercise, and close confinement of the boys of the RMA. The RHMS fares little better in the report.
House of Lords: Mr. Eykin asked the Vice-President of the Council on what grounds army schoolmasters disqualified accepting under the New Code appointments aided by government grants and if candidates who have served in the Military Department of Education as duly qualified and approved teachers must necessarily be rejected under the New Code as teachers: and, if so, whether he would define the disqualification under which one department of education labours as compared with another.
    Mr. W. E. Forster said it was true that army schoolmasters were disqualified as stated. Although the rule might appear to operate rather harshly in regard to other educational services in the country, the Council on Education, after careful consideration, found it impossible to accept certificates for which they themselves were not responsible. Very much must depend on the manner in which training schools were conducted and the examinations carried on.
Report of an inspection of the RMA by the Duke of Cambridge. School population 480 with 40 schoolmaster teachers in training. Under the new system of management, the boys do most of the work of the institution. They make their own clothes in tailoring, shoemaking, shirtmaking. Among those officers present was Colonel Gleig R. A., Inspector of Army Schools. Extensive and useful report, given numbers in the army in various ranks and grading of performance.
Report on the state of Military Education (see earlier report).
Competitions to be held annually, in June and December, in all stations west of the Cape of Good Hope. Commanding officers to make this known to men under their command on the first parade after receipt of this order and to submit names of candidates (through the General Officers under ... their command).
Report of inspection of the RMA by the Duke of Cambridge.
Question period: discussion in the House of Commons of education at the RMA & RHMS and the differences in salaries of schoolmasters relative to the two schools.
During question period, a request for appointment of a RC schoolmaster at the RMA rejected because teachers were chosen for their qualifications not their religious affiliation. Of 480 boys in residence, 81 reported to be Roman Catholic
Presentation to Parliament of the annual estimate for the of military expenditures by Edward Stanhope.
Continuing discussion of Army Estimates for the year including a reduction in the establishment of army schoolmasters.
Report of Director General of Military Schools issued, specifying schoolmasters and mistresses in various stations, remuneration and service standards, and significant statistical data.   
Announcement of matinee entertainment to raise funds for the chapel of the RMA and artistic creations in celebration of 'victory' at Battle of Tel el Kebir.
Report on annual inspection of the RMA by the Duke of Cambridge; other personages of note present and acceptance for training as army schoolmasters of two boys of the school
Public notice by the Chaplain-General that army chaplains were as important to the army as doctors and schoolmasters.
Extensive report on (Established) Church congress held at Folkstone, which may have some significance to army education.
Notice of competitive examination of 'pupil schoolteachers' to be held at the DYRMS and the RMA.
Public announcement of retirement of certain Inspectors of Schools and promotion of schoolmasters to the posts of school inspectors.
Under the heading 'Naval and Military Intelligence' and, by royal warrant, the promotion of army schoolmasters and attendant pay rates.
Notice of appointment of qualified civilians to become army schoolmasters and, if confirmed follow probation of one year, will be transferred to the Corps of Army Schoolmasters.
Naval and Military Intelligence report dealing in part with reduction of service in India of army schoolmasters from seven to five years.

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