The Wesleyans and the Cross Commission, 1885–1891

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 Wesleyans and the Cross Commission, 1885–1891

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In December 1885, Lord Salisbury became the head of a minority government as he took office as Prime Minister. Although he had not been able to survive the Queen's Speech, he had appointed a Royal Commission on Education that was headed by Sir Richard Cross. Members of this commission included Rigg, Cardinal Manning, Lord Harrowby, and Canon Gregory. The Wesleyan Educational Committee (WEC) asserted that his Commission should be able to relax the existing system's principle of payment by results and precautions that would address the possibility of over-pressure should be formulated. Since the state grant for schools with low local incomes were further restricted, several Wesleyan schools were penalized in poor localities since they acquired the largest merit grant. Rigg attempted to defend the stand of Wesleyan schools and the needs of denominational schools, particularly those in the villages.

Keywords: Lord Salisbury; Sir Richard Cross; Royal Commission on Education; WEC; village schools; state grant

Chapter.  13842 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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