Types of punishments used in schools

There were only two universities in Tudor England - Oxford and Cambridge. Some boys went to university at the age of about fourteen. Long hours studying and working didn't stop Tudor TEENren having fun and playing games. Toys were often made from wood or materials which were easily available, such as clay, stone and animal bones. Pig bladders were blown up to make footballs, hoops were made from old barrels, and pebbles or cherry stones were used to play marbles or jacks. There were few books, so pupils read from hornbooks instead. These wooden boards had the alphabet, prayers or other writings pinned to them and were covered with a thin layer of transparent cow's horn. During the reign of Edward VI many free grammar school were set up to take in non-fee paying students. It was usual for TEENren to attend six days a week. The school day started at 7:00 am in winter and 6:00 am in summer. It finished about 5:00 pm. Henry VIII needed well-educated men to work for him. When the monasteries closed, Henry had to refound many monastic schools, using his own money. This is why there are so many 'Kin's' schools all over Britain. Not many TEENren went to school in Tudor times. Those that did go were mainly the sons of wealthy or working families who could afford to pay the attendance fee. Boys began school at the age of 4 and moved to grammar school when they were 7. Girls were either kept at home by their parents to help with housework or sent out to work to bring money in for the family. During the reign of Henry VIII many schools attached to monasteries suffered, often being shut. This happened when Henry VIII broke away from the Catholic Church ( reformation ) after it refused to agree to him divorcing his first wife. Boys were educated for work and the girls for marriage and running a household. The wealthiest families hired a tutor to teach the boys at home. At school, pupils often had to speak in Latin. They were also taught Greek, religion and mathematics. The boys practiced writing in ink by copying the alphabet and the Lord's Prayer. Petty schools had shorter hours, mostly to allow poorer boys the opportunity to work as well. Teachers were very strict, often beating their pupils with birches if they misbehaved. Birches were a type of cane. Teachers used to give 50 strokes of the birch. Pupils were sometimes too scared to go to school because of the beatings. All the materials on these pages are free for homework and classroom use only. You may not redistribute, sell or place the content of this page on any other website or blog without written permission from the author Mandy Barrow. The Petty School - this taught young TEENren to read. Many Tudor towns and villages had a parish school where the local vicar taught boys to read and write. Pupils from wealthy families could often afford a special friend called a 'whipping-boy'. When the rich TEEN was naughty, it was the whipping-boy who received the punishment. There were two types of school in Tudor times:. This site uses cookies. See our Cookie Policy for information.