By Robert Elverstone
Following the 1870 Forster straightforward schooling Act, Albert street Board university in Leicestershire opened on second September 1878 with a typical function of 500 young children. Drawn from the first-hand accouns of the headmasters within the college log books, this publication information the ailments and illnesses suffered; the fight of neighborhood households to feed and dress their kids, particularly in the course of tricky time of strike and battle; the advent of vaccinations and the varsity healthiness inspector; the arriving of the phone and electrical lights; and reviews in regards to the curriculum, employees and rest actions. occasionally funny and occasionally unhappy, lifestyle is captured the following: from debts of overcrowded study rooms and corporal punishment, to squabbles approximately tending the study room fires. This e-book captures the truth of lifestyles at this Victorian university and is a needs to for neighborhood and relatives historians alike.
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Boys and girls were taught differently. In addition to basic lessons, girls would be taught needlework while the boys went off to do woodwork. Boys were also taught marching skills, often by a local retired drill sergeant. Many teachers were unqualified and ‘trained’ on the job. Children, on leaving school at thirteen, could apply to become pupil teachers. This was a kind of apprenticeship. Pupil teachers received daily lessons from the head teacher. Each year, pupil teachers were examined to see if they could progress to the next year.
September 23rd: Half-holiday for the fair. October 5th: Attendance visitor called; many children away through sickness. November 4th: Mrs Reeves called for the second time this week to see if her boys were at school as they are continually running away. November 5th: Mrs Reeves brought her children to school this morning. November 12th: The new attendance visitor appointed by the Board called in this morning to enquire about a list of irregular children. R. : The infants are in nice order and their attainments are very fair.
I refused to have her at school again unless she apologised. April 27th: Miss Wells came to say she was sorry for her misconduct yesterday. I have allowed her to return on condition that she be willing to take her share of any and all the work required to be done. April 28th: Copy of letter received from Board concerning Miss Wells: Dear Miss Hill, The Board requires the junior teachers and monitors under your superintendence to do any domestic work you desire necessary for the comfort and cleanliness of the schools, being assured you will not require what is not either necessary or reasonable.