Industrial Schools

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  1. Guy

    Guy Whose knowledge is boundless

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    Reformatories, set up under the Reformatory School Act 1854, were working well but it was realised that vagrant and neglected children not convicted of theft who were still on the right side of the law, and might without proper precautions become criminals. For them preventive, rather than punitive treatment, was thought required and so Industrial Schools were instituted.

    Some Industrial Schools were day schools and others residential.

    Boys were sent to residential Industrial Schools from the age of nine and given a general education with additional subjects such as tailoring, shoemaking, turning, etc.

    Girls were sent to them from the age of nine and were given a general education plus dressmaking, cookery, etc.
    At the age of sixteen both girls and boys were discharged, into employment.
    Three meals a day were provided for them, and time not taken up with lessons was occupied with light employment.


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