Course overview

This course will look at provision of schooling in North-East Essex in the late-19th century. Using surviving documentation from the period, the course discusses who attended school, where they did so, what these schools were like, what pupils learned and what this schooling prepared them for. You will consider at the importance and efficacy of the school board, changing teaching methods, the move to replace old schools with new buildings and the efforts made to encourage students to get an education. No previous knowledge of the history of education or the nineteenth century is necessary- every student is welcome of this course.

Course description

From the School Board to the Essex Education Committee, we'll look at provision of schooling in North-East Essex in the late-nineteenth century. We will consider the successes and problems along the way and ask what this tells us about realities for families in Essex in the past. Using surviving sources from local communities, you will discuss who it was that went to school, how this changed over time and what types of school were offer. You will consider the movemenet towards education for all and debate the importance and effectiveness of the school board, evaluating its impact upon towns and villages. The tutor will also enable you to discuss changing teaching methods, classroom management and learning in elementary schools as well as considering school buildings, playgrounds and facilities and whether they were suitable for learners' needs. You will also be given the chance to debate the ways in which children were encouraged to go to school and how their attendance was enforced. No previous knowledge of the history of education or the nineteenth century is necessary- every student is welcome of this course.

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