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By Robert Elverstone

ISBN-10: 0750955295

ISBN-13: 9780750955294

Following the 1870 Forster simple schooling Act, Albert highway Board college in Leicestershire opened on 2d September 1878 with an ordinary function of 500 kids. Drawn from the first-hand accouns of the headmasters within the tuition log books, this publication info the ailments and diseases suffered; the fight of neighborhood households to feed and dress their young children, particularly in the course of tough time of strike and conflict; the advent of vaccinations and the varsity future health inspector; the coming of the phone and electrical lighting fixtures; and reviews in regards to the curriculum, employees and rest actions. occasionally funny and infrequently unhappy, lifestyle is captured right here: from debts of overcrowded school rooms and corporal punishment, to squabbles approximately tending the study room fires. This publication captures the truth of existence at this Victorian tuition and is a needs to for neighborhood and kin historians alike.

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School closed this afternoon. November 5th: Admitted two fresh children – was obliged to send three home with hooping [sic] cough and two with sore hands. November 8th: This morning a boy came in at twelve covered from head to foot with clay. Gave him the cane and should have kept him in but as his sisters came, allowed him to go. In twenty minutes his father came, using very bad language and threatening an ‘action’. Miss Treaddell gave a lesson on ‘Bark’ to upper section. Order not very good. Gave words which the class did not understand without any explanation.

Half-holiday this afternoon. September 24th: Attendance not so good in consequence of a circus being in the town. September 25th: Effie Hamson had permission this afternoon to go to the circus. September 26th: Gave the pupil teachers a final examination in history and arithmetic. Miss Dudley’s carelessly done. September 27th: Have allowed the Class One girls an extra half an hour of needlework this week in order to finish the work for the exam. September 29th: Sent several children back today for their school pence.

September 2nd: Sent monthly returns to Board – average for month: 255 – a considerable decrease owing principally to the Church School Treat and the fair. Several children absent this week with measles. Weather intensely hot. Children very sleepy and troublesome. September 6th: Effie Hamson absent from lessons this morning through illness. Two mothers came with children under three years of age wanting admission for them but were refused. September 7th: John Bedford played truant this afternoon.

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