Church and State in the Modern Age: A Documentary History

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(2.) The time or times during which any religious observance is practised or instruction in religious subjects is given at any meeting of the school shall be either at the beginning or at the end or at the beginning and the end of such meeting, and shall be inserted in a time table to be approved by the Education Department, and to be kept permanently and conspicuously affixed in every schoolroom; and any scholar may be withdrawn by his parent from such observance or instruction without forfeiting any of the other benefits of the school:
(3.) The School shall be open at all times to the inspection of any of Her Majesty's inspectors, so, however, that it shall be no part of the duties of such inspector to inquire into any instruction in religious subjects given at such school, or to examine any scholar therein in religious knowledge or in any religious subject or book:
(4.) The school shall be conducted in accordance with the conditions required to be fulfilled by an elementary school in order to obtain an annual parliamentary grant.

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14. Every school provided by a school board shall be conducted under the control and management of such board in accordance with the following regulations:

(1.) The school shall be a public elementary school within the meaning of this Act:

(2.) No religious catechism or religious formulary which is distinctive of any particular denomination shall be taught in the school.

Source: 33 & 34 Vict., c. 75; The Public General Statutes Passed in the Thirty-Third & Thirty-Fourth Years of the Reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, 1870 ( London, 1870), P1 . 445-446, 448.


SUGGESTIONS FOR BACKGROUND AND REFERENCE

J. W. Adamson, English Education 1789-1902 ( Cambridge, 1930), pp. 345-386.

S. C. Carpenter, Church and People, 1789-1889 ( London, 1933), pp. 359-365.

M. Cruickshank, Church and State in English Education ( London, 1963), pp. 1-68.

G. I. T. Machin, Politics and the Churches in Great Britain 1869 to 1920 ( Oxford, 1987), pp. 31-40.

M. Sturt, Education of the People ( London, 1967).


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Universities Tests Act June 16, 1871

Since the Reformation, Oxford and Cambridge were unquestioned Anglican preserves. By legislation in the 1850s Parliament opened the two universities to Nonconformists, permitting them to come into resi-

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