Willingly to school? The provision and experience of elementary education in England, 1800-1914

Course Dates: 24/10/20 - 31/10/20
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Location: Online
Peter Street

The 1870 Education Act sought to ‘fill in the gaps’. Marking the Act’s 150th anniversary the course explores the growth/nature of elementary education in 19th century England alongside its rationale, diversity and the opposition encountered.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

The course marks the 150th anniversary of (Forster’s) Education Act (1870) by examining the growth in and diversity of elementary education between 1800 and 1914 as well as the pivotal importance of this Act. Aspects featured include both the providers of such education and school life especially what was taught and the methods used. Religious bodies were important from the early 19th century and remained so but certain institutions were also to provide elementary education subsequently, notably (but not limited to) workhouses and prisons. The State’s first, tentative involvement in education began in the 1830s and within 50 years it had made it compulsory. The course also considers the training of teachers, school inspection, attendance, fees and (changing) curriculum together with school treats, special days and truancy as well as the opposition which many of these developments engendered.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Elementary education in 1800 and attitudes towards mass education in the 19th century
The Churches and elementary education – content and methods deployed
The State and elementary education: provision and curriculum, 1833-1870

The 1870 Education Act
The State and elementary education: provision and curriculum, 1870 -1914
Willingly to school? The elementary schoolchild, 1800-1914.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Elementary education in 1800 and attitudes towards mass education in the 19th century; the Churches and elementary education notably content and methods deployed; the State and elementary education: provision and curriculum, 1833-1914 with particular reference to the 1870 Education Act; and the elementary schoolchild, 1800-1914.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

An introductory course. No previous knowledge required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be delivered through a mixture of formal input and discussion with student participation encouraged.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No other costs; requisites for optional note taking.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Please see the website for other British history courses.

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: HBH09

Sat, day, 24 Oct - 31 Oct '20

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £39.00
Senior fee: £31.00
Concession: £20.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions? humanities@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2652

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