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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 30


The subjects taught in the London Board Schools are, with one or two exceptions, those laid down in the Code of the Education Department.

In the senior departments these subjects are distinguished as follow:—(a) Obligatory Subjects, (b) Class Subjects, (c) Specific and other Subjects.

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The Obligatory Subjects are Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and (for Girls) Needlework, unless it be taken as a Class Subject.

The Class Subjects, i.e., the subjects taken by classes throughout the Boys' and Girls' Departments are English, Geography, Elementary Science, History, and Needlework for Girls.

The Specific Subjects, under the existing Code of the Education Department, of which not more than two may be taken by any one child in Standard V. and upwards, are as follow:—Algebra; Euclid and Mensuration; Mechanics; Latin; French; Animal Physiology; Botany; Principles of Agriculture; Chemistry; Physics—Sound, Light, and Heat; Magnetism and Electricity; Domestic Economy (Girls).

Any subject, other than those mentioned, may be taken as a Specific Subject, if sanctioned by the Department, provided that a graduated scheme of teaching it be submitted to, and approved by, the Inspector (Article 16, New Code). In Article 109h of the New Code, instruction in Cookery is also specially recognised, but no grant is made on account of this latter subject in the case of any girl who is presented in more than one Specific Subject.

The Board have availed themselves of the best books and the best apparatus produced by different publishers and manufacturers, and in no case have they published any books of their own. Lists of the books and apparatus from which managers and teachers can choose, is shown in Exhibit No. 18.

The Exhibits enumerated below are a special selection from the apparatus, &c., in use in the Board Schools.