Moray House School of Education

History of professional training

For nearly 200 years, Moray House and its predecessors have been involved in the professional training of teachers and other professionals. This history traces the many changes occurring during this period and how they mirrored changes in Scottish education in general.

The 20th century saw three anniversaries celebrated at Moray House:

  • the first in 1935 commemorated 100 years of formal teacher training in Scotland;
  • the second in 1948 marked a century of teacher training at Moray House;
  • and in 1998 our 150th anniversary was celebrated.

This last anniversary coincided with the merger of Moray House with the University of Edinburgh.

Part 1: Education Following the Reformation in Scotland

Education Following the Reformation in Scotland

Part 2: The Beginnings of Teacher Training in Edinburgh: 1813 onwards

The Beginnings of Teacher Training in Edinburgh: 1813 onwards

Part 3: Teacher Training at Moray House: 1848 onwards

Teacher Training at Moray House: 1848 onwards

Part 4: The 1872 Education (Scotland) Act

The 1872 Education (Scotland) Act

Part 5: The Four Provincial Committees: 1907 onwards

The Four Provincial Committees: 1907 onwards

Part 6: Establishment of Moray House College of Education in 1959

Establishment of Moray House College of Education in 1959

Part 7: From Expansion to Retrenchment: the 1970s

From Expansion to Retrenchment: the 1970s

Part 8: Moray House and the CNAA in the 1980s

Moray House and the CNAA in the 1980s

Part 9: Moray House and the Universities: 1991-1998

The history of the consolidation of colleges and universities, leading to Moray's House eventual merger with the University of Edinburgh.

Part 10: Rectors, Directors of Studies, Principals and Heads of School from 1835 - present

A chronological list of Moray House's rectors, directors of studies, principals and Heads of School.

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