The opening of the agreement made between the school managers and a pupil teacher.

1870s

Many pupils went on to further education by signing to become a pupil teacher.  They would assist the qualified head teacher and also receive extra tuition.  The managers used a standard form which had to be signed by a parent, usually the father, and the pupil had to agree to work for up to 4 or 5 years.  James Hands signed his agreement on 29th March 1866 and his father, George, signed with a x.  The agreement ran to four foolscap pages - all handwritten.
PTs began their apprenticeship at the age of 13 and were examined at the end of each year.  If they were able to go to teacher training college they were then often appointed to a headship and were often the only qualified teacher in a school.  The schools could not have been maintained without the PTs and the pay was about £5.4s.0d a year which worked out at 2s.6d. a week.

supplied by: School Archives

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