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Sir Tobias (Toby) Weaver: An introduction

Introduction to the Toby Weaver archive

Collection snapshot

Who was Sir Tobias (Toby) Weaver?

Weaver initially trained as a teacher. During the Second World War he served with the Royal Navy, before taking up a post at the War Office in the Army Education Branch in 1942. In 1946 he joined the Ministry of Education, Teachers' Branch helping implement the Emergency Training Scheme (ETS) for teachers. The following year he moved to the Schools Branch and, in 1948, the External Relations Board of the Ministry. During the 1950s he moved back to the Schools Branch with responsibility for advising on all aspects of policy affecting schools, including the reorganisation of all-age schools, the comprehensive system, maintenance allowances, and attendance on the Minister during debates. From 1963-1973 he worked in the area of higher education advising Ministers on the implementation of the Robbins Report on Higher Education. The 1966 White Paper 'A Plan for Polytechnics and Other Colleges' was largely drafted by Weaver.


The Weaver archive includes Weaver's own articles, talks and drafts on a wide range of areas relating to education including rural education, higher education, aims and purpose of education, further education and education policy. There are also articles about Weaver's work and sample papers relating to his career - particular lyregarding education policy for higher education. Some talks and presentations have been recorded (audio and audio-visual).

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Newsam Library and Archives
UCL Institute of Education
University College London
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