Pupils step back in time

PUBLISHED: 08:57 31 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:21 31 May 2010

Kevin Hicks from OCR teaches youngsters in a Victorian-style Picture: MICHAEL BOYTON

Kevin Hicks from OCR teaches youngsters in a Victorian-style Picture: MICHAEL BOYTON

PUPILS at Friends School in Saffron Walden got a taste of how life would have been for their Victorian counterparts last week, in an 1858-style lesson. The Year Nine students swapped their pens and paper for old-fashioned blackboards but were spared the

PUPILS at Friends' School in Saffron Walden got a taste of how life would have been for their Victorian counterparts last week, in an 1858-style lesson.

The Year Nine students swapped their pens and paper for old-fashioned blackboards but were spared the cane during the morning class, which was held in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate (UCLES) - now known as Cambridge Assessment.

Judith Gaskell, public affairs office for Cambridge Assessment (CA) said: "Any questions were answered in 1858 style, so pupils were encouraged to act like pupils from that era.

"A CA examiner joined them with an 'examination briefcase', the contents of which were shown to the class.

"Pupils then tried to answer questions from some of the original papers and the lesson was rounded off with a discussion on the merits of 1858 exams compared to now."

Friends' School was chosen as it was one of the first UK centres inspected by UCLES in the 19th century.

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