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An Illustration from "A Text Book In Ye History Of Education"
Unknown, c 1600
Credit: Hulton Archive

This woodcut shows a typical layout of a Tudor schoolroom, divided up by age group. Most children did not go to school -- especially the children of farmers and laborers who helped with farm work instead. Those children of the upper and merchant classes who attended school began their education at Petty schools -- the equivalent of elementary schools where they were taught the basics of reading and writing. At the age of seven, smart and wealthy students attended grammar schools which emphasized classical learning. Among the subjects were Latin, history, map drawing, composition and history. In this classroom, a master and usher (the master's assistant), both holding birches, exercised discipline over the schoolchildren.
Did girls attend grammar school?
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