Absent Through Want of Boots. Diary of a Victorian School in by Robert Elverstone

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By Robert Elverstone

Following the 1870 Forster straight forward schooling Act, Albert highway Board tuition in Leicestershire opened on second September 1878 with a typical position of 500 little ones. Drawn from the first-hand accouns of the headmasters within the institution log books, this booklet info the ailments and diseases suffered; the fight of neighborhood households to feed and dress their little ones, particularly in the course of tough time of strike and struggle; the creation of vaccinations and the varsity healthiness inspector; the coming of the phone and electrical lights; and reviews in regards to the curriculum, employees and relaxation actions. occasionally funny and occasionally unhappy, lifestyle is captured right here: from debts of overcrowded school rooms and corporal punishment, to squabbles approximately tending the school room fires. This ebook captures the truth of lifestyles at this Victorian tuition and is a needs to for neighborhood and kinfolk historians alike.

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Time spent in singing. Two children came in at ten past three: sent them home again. On Wednesday gave the babies kindergarten instead of counting. A Victorian headmaster’s logbook. June 24th: Applied this week to the Board for a teacher in the place of E. Hamson, who cannot manage the infants so well, now there are so many. June 30th: Two children have left this week to go to the Church School in order to go to the treat. Found it advisable to take a class in the playground Wednesday and Thursday as the weather was very hot.

Photo by permission of Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre) 1876 January 10th: School opened after the Christmas Holidays by K. Ford. February 14th: Attendance low, forty children present. A deep snow the cause of decrease in numbers. March 20th: S. Buckley sent by the Board into the third department – Effie Hamson came in place of S. Buckley. April 3rd: Head teacher absent today – received a letter from the Board stating their acceptance of resignation. April 28th: Commenced school on Monday after the Easter Holiday.

Gave words which the class did not understand without any explanation. November 16th: Have received notice from Mr Kiddle that the Board have decided to engage Mary Wright to take the place of Miss Treaddell, who will be transferred to the upper school. November 30th: In consequence of there being a few soldiers in the town, attendance not so good this morning. December 21st: School closed this morning for the Christmas Holidays. December 31st: School opened this morning. S. Treaddell commenced duty in the upper room.

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