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.
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.