that a brief and precise statement of the title should be prepared by your solicitor on a separate sheet. If you attempt to prepare this statement without a competent knowledge of the law, you will probably involve yourself in a troublesome correspondence, which might be altogether avoided by a brief and clear account of the title. But a complete and formal abstract is not required by their Lordships' counsel.

The questions, from 8 to 26 inclusive, relating to the drainage, nature of the site, and structure of the building, &c., should not be answered without the assistance of the architect who drew the plan and prepared the specifications, or of the builder who is to erect the school-house; and if the arrangements thus described be subsequently altered in any important particular, that alteration should be communicated to the Committee of Council.

27. The plan of the school-house, master's house, and playground for the children should be transmitted with the replies to the questions, Form (A). This plan should be neatly drawn according to scale, and should display the dimensions of every room, and the arrangement of the benches, desks, gallery, and other school apparatus, and the elevation of the school-house. The name of the school should be given at the head of each drawing, and the name of the architect or builder at the foot of the design.

28. The mode of ventilating and warming the school is of such importance to the health of the master and scholars, that it ought to be most carefully considered by the school-committee, and a sketch of the air grates and flues should be included in the sectional drawings. The school-committee will find useful information on this subject in the Minute explanatory of the plans of school-houses.*

29. The plan of the exercise ground, and the position of the gymnastic apparatus, should be included in the plan of the school-house.

30, 31, 32, 33, 34. The replies to these questions should be made with great care, as they are not unfrequently the subject of counter-representations, either on account of their incompleteness or their inaccuracy.

36. In the statement of the probable income of the school, it is desirable rather to transmit the list of subscriptions and donations actually obtained than to estimate their probable amount.

37. In reply to this question, the estimate of the architect or builder, duly signed by him, must be transmitted.

38 and 39. I'he school-committee should not attempt to reply to these questions until their subscription list contains the greater part of what they hope to derive from local contributions.

40 and 41. Under these heads the receipt or expectation of any loan or grant of money from any society or other source should be stated; and if this loan or grant be conditional, the conditions must be reported.

* See Minules, 1839.40.

When the site and title of its owner have been approved by the Committee of Council, their Lordships will require that a draught of the conveyance, or deed of trust, shall be submitted to their counsel for approval. The draught should not in any case be settled without the sanction of the school-committee, duly convened for that purpose, or without the advice of some legal person to whom the preparation of the deed is to be confided.

The school-committee may derive useful information for this purpose

from an examination of the forms of deeds or conveyance published in the 8vo edition of the Appendix to the Minutes of the Committee of Council, 1845,) for the use of the promoters of the erection of school-houses. Among these Forms are comprised : No. 1. Conveyance of a site or buildings to trustees for a

National school.
No. 2. Conveyance of a site or buildings to trustees for a

school on the plan of the British and Foreign School

No. 3. Conveyance of a site or buildings to trustees for a parish

school, not being in connexion with the National

Society or the British and Foreign School Society. No. 4. Conveyance of a site or buildings to trustees for a Church

of England school, not being a parish church nor in
connexion with the National or British and Foreign

School Society.
No.5. Conveyance of a site or buildings to trustees for a school

not being a parish school, nor in connexion with the

National or British and Foreign School Society.
No. 6. Conveyance of a site of buildings by a spiritual corpo-

ration sole, with the consent of the bishop, for a

National school.
No. 7. Conveyance of a site or buildings by a spiritual corpo-

ration sole, with the consent of the bishop, to trustees

for a National school. No. 8. Conveyance of a site or buildings by a spiritual corpo

ration sole, with the consent of the bishop, to trustees

for a parish school. The Committee of Council have directed these Forms to be printed separately, and are ready to furnish a copy of any one of them to any gentleman preparing to erect a school-house which is to be conveyed to trustees.

I have the honour to be,
Your obedient servant,


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Committee of Council on Education,

Council Office, Whitehall. Sır.

In reference to your application for aid from the Parliamentary grant to defray a portion of the annual expenses incurred for the support of the school at

I am directed by the Committee of Council to transmit to you the enclosed copy of their regulations of the 24th of September.

I am to request you to observe that your application for such assistance can only be entertained under special circumstances; and I am to inform you that my Lords will be chiefly disposed to grant such aid in cases in which they receive sufficient evidence of the great deficiency of the means of education in the vicinity of such schools, when they are convinced that the utmost efforts have been made by the inhabitants for their support, and when relief from a temporary embarrassment would probably ensure the permanent prosperity of the school. My Lords are of opinion that schools will be most extensively useful when supported by the exertions of the school-committees and other benevolent individuals by whom they have been founded. The grant of money voted by Parliament was intended to encourage, not to supersede or impair, such local exertions; applications for aid to defray the annual expenses of a school can, therefore, only be admitted in consequence of difficulties of a peculiar character, rendering the case an exception to general rules.

I am, therefore, to request you to examine and reply to the enclosed series of questions, when my Lords will proceed to the further consideration of your application.

I have the honour to be

Your obedient servant.

Questions.-Form (B). 1. Whether the school is connected with the National Society, or British and Foreign School Society?

2. What is the tenure on which the site of the school is held ? 3. Who are the trustees ?

4. State the form in which the object to which the building is devoted is expressed in the trust deed.

5. State the length, breadth, and height of each of the school-rooms, by internal measurement.

6. Is a master's residence attached to the school ?

7. Who are the chief promoters of the school ? State their names, professions, &c.

8. From what district do children attend the school ? Define thie boundaries of that district.

9. What is the population ?

10. State what charitable or other funds and endowments for the education of the children of the poor exist in this district.

11. Enumerate the schools for the children of the poor existing in this district, and the number of children each will accommodate.

12. State the grounds for representing this case as deserving of assistance granted only under special circumstances, in cases of peculiar urgency, to relieve the temporary embarrassment of important schools.

13. Among the reasons for expecting that the schools will be efficiently and permanently supported (if the temporary embarrassment now experienced be relieved), state the probable amount of annual subscriptions and donations.

Of annual collections.
Of annual produce of endowment.
Of school-fees.

Of any other source of income. 14. State generally the extent of resources which the neighbourhood is likely to furnish for support of schcols.

15. What is the salary of the schoolmaster ? What is the salary of the schoolmistress ?

16. Is a house provided for the schoolmaster ? Is a house provided for the schoolmistress ?

17. Is the schoolmaster provided with fuel ? Is the schcolmistress provided with fuel ?

18. What income do the schoolmaster and schoolmistress derive from other sources than the salary afforded ?

19. Do the schoolmaster and schoolmistress devote their whole time to the duties of their office ? and, if not, state what other occupation they have. 20. What is the average annual expenditure for books, apparatus, &c.

For repairs ?

For fuel ? 21. What other expenses are incurred ? 22. What is the number of children on the books ? 23. What is the average attendance ?

24. Have the schoolmaster and schoolmistress, or either of them, received instruction in the art of teaching in any, and in what, model or training school, and during what period ?

25. What is the number of classes in the school?

26. State what books are employed in each department of instruction.

1. In the rudimentary classes.
2. In the classes which can read words of more than one syllable.

3. In the highest classes. 27. State the course of instruction of each class during school-hours daily, and for each day in the week.

28. Are any, and, if so, how many, monitors employed to assist the master ?

29. Are they paid, and, if so, how much per week ?
30. What method of instruction is employed, distinguishing,

1. The system of mutual instruction.
2. The mixed method of instruction.

3. The simultaneous method ? 31. Has the school at a previous period received aid from the Parliamentary grant; if so, when, for what purpose, and to what extent?

32. What is the amount of assistance now sought? 33. For what purpose ?

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