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Introduction: neglected voices

PART 1: Forgotten spaces

  1. School buildings: `A safe haven, not a prison'
  2. Canteens and lunchrooms: The edible landscape of school
  3. School yards and playgrounds: `It's very big but there's nothing in it . . .'
  4. PART 2: Learning and knowing

  5. Knowledge and the curriculum: `The notion of writing prize-winning essays on tropical rainforests without taking some action would be seen as strange'
  6. Learning: `Let us out . . . !'
  7. Teachers and special people: `Nobody forgets a good teacher . . .'
  8. PART 3: Staying power

  9. Identities and equalities: `I resented being told what to wear, what to think, what to believe, what to say and when to say it'
  10. Survival: `Schools may be getting good academic results but they are not helping the pupils as individuals'

About the Author

Catherine Burke is Reader in History of Education and Childhood at the University of Cambridge. Ian Grosvenor is Professor of Urban Educational History at the University of Birmingham.

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