Drawing on hitherto-unused sources this book represents a shift in the historiography of British education. At the centre of the investigation is Joseph Payne. He was one of the group of pioneers who founded the College of Preceptors in 1846 and in 1873 he was appointed to the first professorship of education in Britain, established by the College of Preceptors. By that date Payne had acquired a considerable reputation. He was a classroom practitioner of rare skill, the founder of two of the most successful Victorian private schools, the author of best-selling text-books, a scholar of note despite his lack of formal education, and a leading member of the College of Preceptors and such bodies as the Scholastic Registration Association, the Girls’ Public Day School Trust, the Women’s Education Union and the Social Science Association.

chapter Chapter One|32 pages

From Bury St. Edmunds to Grove Hill House

chapter Chapter Two|26 pages

The Denmark Hill Grammar School

chapter Chapter Three|35 pages

From Leatherhead to Kildare Gardens

chapter Chapter Four|30 pages

The College of Preceptors

chapter Chapter Five|33 pages

Professor of Education

chapter Chapter Six|34 pages

Critic and Reformer

chapter Chapter Seven|27 pages

The Science and Art of Education

chapter Chapter Eight|28 pages

Historical and Comparative Dimensions

chapter Chapter Nine|14 pages