Education and Training

A Career in Primary Schools (2008)

What were you thinking about as a future career when you were about to leave school? I always wanted to be a teacher and I just went straight for it! I stayed on at school till I was 18. You had to pass in 5 subjects in what was called the School Certificate, and if […]

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A Cook’s Tour (2009)

I started work in 1949 when I left school, and I started at .. . it was Bonds then, the Department Store in Norwich, and I worked in the Hat Department, and as I was the junior in the Hat Department I wasn’t allowed to sell hats but I could sell feathers and ribbons and […]

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Egypt, encyclopaedias, education (1937-2006)

Peter recalls his varied army career, from Lowestoft to Egypt and his post-war career as a special needs teacher, as a dyslexic himself. Early years I was born in Gravesend, Kent, in 1920. My father had been a priest in Bagthorpe, Nottinghamshire, before moving south.  After I was born my father obtained a living in […]

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Engineering, education and fostering (1960s-2018)

After a career in engineering Peter pursued his interests in education, social justice and fostering. I was partly occupied before I left school, as when I was studying for my A levels I made a little bit of local history. Not particularly politically correct these days but I was one of the first male check-out […]

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Finding my niche (1964-2014)

Christine was a secretary until she found her niche working with special children at the age of 40. She still volunteers for Thalia in Norwich. I was born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, and when I was 11 years old my parents decided to move to Norwich. My father came from Grimsby, but my mother, who was […]

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Forty years of teaching (1969-2010)

Iona talks about her varied working life, spanning forty years, in teaching, at her husband’s hydraulics business, and as a volunteer. As a child I helped pick strawberries and broad beans in the fields around Cawston where I lived. We moved to Norwich when I was ten. In the summer of 1969, after GCEs, I […]

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From chalk to chip (1974-2010)

Nigel taught in primary schools in north Norfolk and then an interest in building computers and programming led to him working in the newly established Northern Area Resources Centre. He was at the forefront of introducing new technology to schools, and went from teaching children to teaching adults. This interest in computing and programming led […]

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Growing up in the Space Age (1950s-2021)

David trained to be a teacher at Brentwood College of Education, and taught at Hellesdon High School, Acle Primary School and Neatherd High School in Norfolk. He gained a science degree from the Open University, and used his scientific knowledge and his passion for astronomy to build up an online business trading in space rocks […]

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Mary’s schooldays – pupil and secretary (1935- 1991)

I was born in 1935 so at four years old, when war was declared with Germany, we left London and were evacuated to Rayleigh in Essex, about six miles from Southend-on-Sea. We had lots of air-raids as the bombers followed the estuary from Southend up the Thames to London but luckily we only had the […]

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Memories of boarding school life in London 1930s-1940s

 Unusually, this is a story of a pupil rather than a teacher, but it is being included as it gives a real insight into life in a girls' boarding school in the 1930s and 1940s. It tells of fellowship and loneliness, spartan conditions and an ill-fated attempt to run away! Thanks to the contributor's family for allowing […]

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