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In 1870 a Bill was passed in the House of Commons to 'bring elementary education within reach of every English home ...and within reach of those children who have no homes.' It prompted a revolution in British education and it changed the lives of children brought up in lower and middle class families. The Victorian and Edwardian Schoolchild examines the improvements in the welfare and health of the pupils, in the form of open-air schools and the provision of school meals, the dilemma of the 'half-timers', whose commitments to factory and agricultural labour inhibited their education, and the out-of-school activities in which the children engaged, such as the Boy's Brigade and Sunday School. It also addresses the training of teachers and their relationships with the pupils in their charge. Illustrated with 130 photographs, The Victorian and Edwardian Schoolchild is a vivid and fascinating history of education in England and Wales in its most radical and influential stage of development. It will prove engrossing to students, social and educational historians, and the general reader.