During the Second World War the British government was constantly monitoring the success of its various policies concerning the Home Front. The government was also aware of the possibility that it might be necessary to introduce legislation to deal with any emerging problems.

It is December 1941. You have been asked to write a report on Children's Education. This is to be divided into two sections.

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(1) A report on what has been happening concerning education since the outbreak of the war.

Things you should consider include:

(a) What was the school leaving age in 1939?

(b) Why were most schools in towns closed down after the outbreak of the Second World War?

(c) What problems were caused by closing down the schools in towns?

(d) What was the double-shift system?

(e) Why was there a shortage of teachers in 1941?

(2) A report that includes proposals about the changes that you would like to see in government policy. These proposals will then be discussed and voted on by the rest of the class.

Things you should consider include:

(a) Should the government reopen all schools in urban areas?

(b) Should the government build new schools in the areas where the evacuees are living?

(c) What methods could the government use to make sure that children from poor families got their free milk and dinners.