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Discipline and good manners were insisted upon in Victorian times. Lessons involved much repetition and children were taught subjects that would be of use to them in their future work. The Education Acts of 1870, 1880 and 1891 had a major impact on learning opportunities for children. Until 1891, schooling was not free and men like Thomas Barnardo set up 'ragged schools' that helped some poor children.
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7 March 2008

Classroom Ideas

After watching the clip, pupils could be asked to explore the differences between education for boys and education for girls in Victorian times. Why were they so different? They might use the images of the school, teachers and the classrooms to explore the similarities and differences between a Victorian school and their own. Which subjects are they taught today that were not regarded as important in Victorian times? From the clip, and their research, what do they think were the main aims of education for the poor in Victorian times?

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