1977 Taylor Report (text)
The Taylor Report (1977)
A New Partnership for Our Schools
Report of the Committee of Enquiry appointed jointly by the Secretary of State for Education and Science and the Secretary of State for Wales under the chairmanship of Mr Tom Taylor CBE
London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office 1977
The Committee of Enquiry was appointed by Labour education secretary Reg Prentice (and the Secretary of State for Wales) in April 1975 (eighteen months before Prime Minister Jim Callaghan gave his Ruskin College speech which began the 'Great Debate' about education). It was asked:
To review the arrangements for the management and government of maintained primary and secondary schools in England and Wales, including the composition and functions of bodies of managers and governors, and their relationships with local education authorities, with head teachers and staffs of schools, with parents of pupils and with the local community at large; and to make recommendations (page iii).The report was presented to education secretary Shirley Williams and Welsh secretary John Morris in June 1977.
Born in 1929, Tom Taylor (pictured) became a member of Blackburn Town Council in 1954 and was its Leader from 1972 to 1976. He was a founder member of the Council of the Lancaster University and served as its Deputy Pro-Chancellor from 1972 to 1995. He became a peer (Baron Taylor of Blackburn) in 1978. He was suspended from membership of the Lords for six months in 2009 after being caught up in the 'cash for questions' scandal.
The 23 members of the Committee included Joan Sallis, the first national president of the Campaign for State Education and a campaigner for school governor training.
The Committee was divided on a number of issues, one member (Councillor PO Fulton, chair of Cleveland's education committee) even producing his own minority report, which can be found in the Notes.
The Taylor Report contains an invaluable history of school managers and governors from 597 to 1945 in Appendix B.
Summary of the report's main recommendations
The committee made 89 recommendations, which can be found in the Summary of recommendations. The following are some of the key points:
The report online
The full text of the report (including the Appendices) is online.
I have corrected a handful of misprints and a few spelling inconsistencies.
Anything added by way of explanation is shown [in square brackets]. Note, however, that square brackets were used in the printed version of Appendices B, E and G.
The above notes were prepared by Derek Gillard and uploaded on 17 August 2008; they were revised on 24 November 2012.