The Wesleyan Church in the School Board Era, 1871–1875

John T. Smith

in Methodism and Education, 1849–1902

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269649
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683725 | DOI:
The Wesleyan Church in the School Board Era, 1871–1875

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After the Education Act, the Methodists were found to be undecided with how they were to proceed. At that time, they had 743 day-schools which suggested that they were greatly concerned with the existing denominational system. They also were able to make proper use of the grace period stated in the act so that they would initiate the building of grants. The number of Wesleyan schools experienced a significant increase which was celebrated during the 1871 Conference. While there have been suggestions that the said schools be turned over to the School Boards, Rigg thought it would be appropriate to continue and increase the Wesleyan denominational schools. Also, Rigg articulated that he was in favour of training the denominational teachers which drove him to propose the Wesleyan Training College in 1871. In this chapter, we examine how the Wesleyan Church managed the schools in the presence of the School Boards.

Keywords: Education Act; School Boards; Wesleyan denominational schools; teacher training; Wesleyan Training College

Chapter.  14062 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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