Department of Education

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  • Foundation of the Non-Collegiate Delegacy

    Foundation of the Non-Collegiate Delegacy of the University of Oxford for the purposes of furnishing ‘academical status and instruction to poor men seeking to be ordained as clergymen, to become practitioners in law or to enter into business’.
  • Vacation Courses

    Rev. S.A. Barnett, founder of Toynbee Hall, begins a series of vacation courses in Oxford for elementary teachers from London in the belief that ‘culture spreads by contact’ and in the hope of encouraging ‘communion between the cultivated and ignorant’.
  • The Oxford University Day Training College

    The Oxford University Day Training College for elementary teachers, under the supervision of the Delegacy for the Training of Teachers, opens at 19 Holywell Street with Dr Jackson of Exeter College as its first principal. The first courses were on the science and history of teaching, psychology and the lives and methods of ‘great educationists’. The first students (all men) worked to qualify for a government teaching certificate while studying for a degree.
  • The Science and Art of Teaching

    Introduction of a course in the science and art of teaching to meet the special needs of secondary teachers.
  • The Bryce Report

    Publication of the Bryce Report on the Royal Commission on Secondary Education, which received contradictory evidence from the University of Oxford in relation to the issue of allowing an ‘academical proletariat’ a university education.
  • Examination Vote

    University Congregation votes for an examination in the theory, history and practice of secondary education.
  • Full Diploma Course begins

    The first full Diploma course begins. Four men and three women enter the beginnings of a department of secondary education under the aegis of the Delegacy for Local Examinations in rented rooms at 22 St. John Street. The rooms provided for a classroom and a library and lectures and tuition begin, leading to the awarding of Diplomas in Education. In the first two years, 51 men and 21 women studied for the Diploma.
  • Sir Fred Clarke

    Sir Fred Clarke, a pupil teacher at St Ebbe’s School, joins the Day Training College. He receives a teachers’ certificate and a first class honours degree in history in 1903. He later becomes Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Cape Town (1918-1929), and Director of the London University Institute of Education (1936-1945). In 1940 he published the influential book Education and Social Change.
  • MW Keatinge

    M.W. Keatinge is elected to the first Readership in Education, and the University also creates a Delegacy for the Training of Secondary Teachers, replacing the Delegacy of Local Examinations. Cherwell Hall, an agency for the training of women teachers, opens at Cowley Grange (now part of St Hilda’s College). These students became partial members of the Diploma course and are admitted to the examination.
  • By 1903, 320 students have trained as teachers.

    By 1903, 320 students have trained as teachers.
  • Milham Ford School

    Cherwell Hall is linked with Milham Ford School whose pupils provide the students with teaching practice.
  • Department created

    The University Department for the Training of Teachers, incorporating the Day Training College and bringing the training of elementary and secondary teachers together, is created.
  • F.J.R. Hendy

    The Department’s Director is F.J.R. Hendy of Lincoln College.
  • Norham Gardens

    The Department moves to its present site at 15 Norham Gardens with 80 students.
  • G Smith

    G. Smith is appointed Director of the Department.
  • A new name

    The department is renamed the Department of Education and is supervised by the Delegacy for the Department of Education.
  • M.L. Jacks

    M.L. Jacks is appointed Director of the Department. He published several books and articles on the aims and principles of education.
  • Harold Loukes

    Harold Loukes, a distinguished author, is appointed Lecturer and in 1951 was promoted to Reader in Education. He spent a total of 30 years in the Department.
  • The Oxford Institute of Education

    The Oxford Institute of Education is established alongside the Department to provide a professional centre for training and educational research. It is supervised by the Delegacy for the Institute of Education. The role of the Institute is to promote cooperation between the University, local training colleges, local education authorities and other local educational agencies.
  • A.D.C. Peterson

    Educational reformer A.D.C. Peterson is appointed Director of the Department. Peterson was a co-founder of the Journal of Moral Education and the director of the International Baccalaureate Office (1966-77) which expanded considerably during this time.
  • PGCE

    The precursor to the current Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course begins.
  • Amalgamation

    The Department of Education amalgamates with the Institute of Education to form the Department of Educational Studies, under the Delegacy for Educational Studies.
  • DPhil

    The Delegacy for Educational Studies is able to admit candidates for the degree of DPhil.
  • Professor Jerome Bruner

    Professor Jerome Bruner, Watts Professor of Experimental Psychology described his time at Oxford as one of the most productive periods of his life. He was Chair of the Oxford Educational Research Group and a key founder of the Oxford Review of Education.
  • Dr Harry Judge

    Dr Harry Judge is appointed Director of the Department. He was responsible for the conceptual framework of the Oxford Internship scheme. Since retiring he has become Senior Research Fellow of the Department, Emeritus Fellow of Brasenose College and Inaugural President of the Oxford Education Society.
  • The Oxford Review of Education

    The journal Oxford Review of Education is inaugurated and based in the Department. It publishes papers on the theory and practice of education from scholars throughout the world in disciplines including philosophy, economics, sociology and political science. The first editors were Bill Halls and Kevin Marjoribanks and chairman of the editorial board was Sir Alan Bullock. Subsequent editors have been David Phillips, John Wilson, Geoffrey Walford, John Furlong and Ingrid Lunt.
  • Committee for Educational Studies

    The Delegacy for Educational Studies is replaced by a Committee for Educational Studies and, until 1982, a Board of Studies in Education.
  • The Oxford Internship scheme

    The Oxford Internship scheme is launched, in close collaboration with Oxfordshire secondary schools.
  • Dr Donald McIntyre

    Dr Donald McIntyre, Reader in Education, is appointed Acting Director of the Department.
  • Professor Richard Pring

    The first Chair of Educational Studies is created and Professor Richard Pring is appointed Director of the Department of Educational Studies.
  • First MSc and PGCE

    The first MSc course in Educational Research Methodology and the first PGCE course begin.
  • Social Sciences

    The University creates the divisional structure and the Department joins the Social Sciences Division. Each division is accountable to University Council.
  • MSc courses

    The following MSc courses begin:
    • Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition• Education (Comparative and International Education)
  • Professor John Furlong

    Professor John Furlong is appointed as Director of the Department of Educational Studies.
  • MSc courses

    The following MSc courses begin:
    • Education (e-Learning)• Education (Higher Education)
  • Bruner Building

    Opening of the Bruner Building at 28-30 Norham Gardens
  • A change of name

    The department’s name reverts to that of the Department of Education.
  • Outstanding results

    The Department is rated first equal in the 2008 RAE. The RAE panel states there is evidence of a ‘strong research environment with strong leadership across a coherent structure of research themes and groups’. Over 95% of research outputs are judged to be ‘international’ and over 25% (the highest percentage in the UK) are seen as being ‘world leading’.
  • MSc courses

    The following MSc courses begin:
    • Education (Child Development and Education)• Learning and Teaching
  • Professor Anne Edwards

    Professor Anne Edwards is appointed first female Director of the Department of Education.
  • The Oxford Education Society

    The Oxford Education Society, an association of alumni and friends of the Department of Education, is launched with an inaugural address by Professor Richard Pring.