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Your School, Your Space School Rules

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Oakamoor Log Book April 17 th 1885 ‘My time has been wholly occupied in classifying the children and instituting a stricter discipline and a neater and more careful way of doing slate work. I have frequently punished in order to secure this result, and shall continue to do so if necessary… to lessen corporal punishment, I have introduced a system of monthly prizes.’ October 15 th 1885 Arithmetic Examination for Standard II – 8207 x 93 – 2809

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Armitage ‘School time commences at 9 o’clock in the morning and at 2 p.m. in the afternoon. The first thing that is done in the morning is this – all the school goes down to prayers then, as soon as they stand up they say tables.’ ‘A boy gets a large card with all the alphabet printed on it in large letters which he holds in such a manner that all the scholars in his class can see it. Then he points to first one letter then another speaking it aloud so that all the boys, as soon as they hear him, repeat after him… and then they are allowed 5 minutes to go out to recreation after which they came in again and resume their further station and go on with the alphabet until 11 o’clock.’ ‘Armitage National School in 1840’ William Wood (the first headmaster)

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Rules ‘Punished 3 boys for getting themselves needlessly wet in the dinner-hour by going on the half-thawed ice.’ January 20 th 1864 Log Book Eccleshall National Boys School ‘Kept in 5 of the worst behaved boys till 6 o’clock.’ March 3 rd 1864 Log Book Eccleshall National Boys School ‘Mrs. Bignell told Mary not to wear excessive crinoline at school. Its discontinuance was insisted upon.’ 5 May 1863 Log Book Wheaton Aston School ‘The Education Committee have decided to give a half holiday a month when the attendance for the month has reached a 92% standard.’ 6 th Oct 1905 Log Book Compton School ‘To lessen corporal punishment, I have introduced a system of monthly prizes.’ April 17 th 1885 Log Book Oakamoor Mills School

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Rules Are any of Miss Sparrow’s rules the same as your school rules? Are any different? How did Victorian teachers want their pupils to behave? What could happen to Victorian schoolchildren if they broke a school rule? What could happen if they were well behaved?

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