This is the first history of how teachers were trained in England. It documents the establishment of the country's academic standards over the last century. The essential focus of the work is the foundation of the College of Teachers in England. The school and teacher examinations, lectures, and the professorship of education, the royal commissions on education, the registration issue, and events between 2000 and 2011 are also covered in this text. The book also shows how governments persistently denied the College financial assistance and refused to make professional training for secondary teachers compulsory. Where public officials did intervene, their policies served only to weaken the ability of the College to expand or simply to maintain its markets. Interviews are an important part of this study. They were designed to achieve a holistic understanding of the work which identify the functions and purpose of the College since the 1960's. These interviews were approached less in terms of framing narratives of personal history and more with regards to narratives of organizational history.
The large quantity of documentary evidence and interviews led to some conclusions about the college which shows its strengths and weaknesses.
1. Foreword by Geoff Whitty; 2. Foundation 1846-1850; 3. Consolidation 1850-1880; 4. Expansion and a Teachers' Council 1880-1910; 5 Survival of the Fittest 1910-1940; 6. New Paths 1940-1970; 7. Testing Times 1970-2000; 8. Into a New Millenium 2000-2011.