Education and Training

A Career in Primary Schools (2008)

What were you thinking about as a future career when you were about to leave school? I always wanted to be a teacher and I just went straight for it! I stayed on at school till I was 18. You had to pass in 5 subjects in what was called the School Certificate, and if […]

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A Cook’s Tour (2009)

I started work in 1949 when I left school, and I started at .. . it was Bonds then, the Department Store in Norwich, and I worked in the Hat Department, and as I was the junior in the Hat Department I wasn't allowed to sell hats but I could sell feathers and ribbons and […]

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Egypt, encyclopaedias, education (2014)

Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Rector's son Peter began work in an aircraft factory in 1937. While waiting to go into the Army he taught briefly in a prep school. During the war he was posted to Egypt and Palestine, working on engines and vehicles. At the end of the war […]

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Forty years of teaching

Iona Folliard talks about her varied working life, spanning forty years, in teaching, at her husband’s hydraulics business, and as a volunteer. As a child I helped pick strawberries and broad beans in the fields around Cawston where I lived. We moved to Norwich when I was ten. In the summer of 1969, after GCEs, […]

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Mary’s schooldays – pupil and secretary (1935- 1991)

I was born in 1935 so at four years old, when war was declared with Germany, we left London and were evacuated to Rayleigh in Essex, about six miles from Southend-on-Sea. We had lots of air-raids as the bombers followed the estuary from Southend up the Thames to London but luckily we only had the […]

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Memories of boarding school life in London 1930s-1940s

 Unusually, this is a story of a pupil rather than a teacher, but it is being included as it gives a real insight into life in a girls' boarding school in the 1930s and 1940s. It tells of fellowship and loneliness, spartan conditions and an ill-fated attempt to run away! Thanks to the contributor's family for allowing […]

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Never a dull moment. A life in education. (2016)

Beryl went to teacher training college in the early 1950s. She got her first teaching job in 1955 and taught children in both state and private schools until 1970 when she had a break to have her son while studying with the Open University. She later worked in adult education, retiring in 1994. I started […]

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Physical education: teacher, lecturer, adviser (2012)

Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE J became a specialist physical education teacher straight from college and first worked in Norfolk at a time when "parents wanted the children to attend school, wanted to have a good education, and we really were part of the community. You really could teach and it was […]

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Reflections on forty years at the chalkface (2012)

The contributor began teaching in the 1960s in Nottingham and spent over twenty years as Head of English and Drama at Stalham High School in Norfolk. The story is a telling account of a teacher's experience of changes in schools and teaching over four decades.  On his love of drama, he says:  "I've always been […]

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Seams and stitches of my life

I was born in 1926, in a village on the borders of Wiltshire and Gloucestershire called Willesley. We moved to Norfolk when I was two and, as my father was a Norfolk man, it was like coming home to him I think. We lived at Great Witchingham and I went to Great Witchingham primary school […]

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