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ERIC Number: ED413154
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
One Teacher Primary Schools: England, Scotland and Wales, 1996-97.
Muse, Ivan; Hite, Steve; Powley, Ellen
During the 1996-97 school year, 63 one-teacher primary schools were identified in Great Britain and 54 of these were surveyed. Three of the schools surveyed were in England, 47 in Scotland, and 4 in Wales. The majority of teachers in these schools were female, married, and 40-49 years old; had over 20 years teaching experience, with 5-15 years in the present school; and held teaching certificates only. Most schools were located in remote areas, many of them on Scottish islands. Most teachers managed all aspects of the school without additional compensation. In addition to regular instruction, teachers performed administrative duties; visited with parents; performed custodial duties; managed lunch preparation; and taught remedial reading, special education, computers, physical education, art, and music. Overwhelmingly, the teachers liked their work and were committed to the small school and its family atmosphere. Most schools served fewer than 10 families. In the past 5 years, 45 percent of schools had increased enrollment, while 11 percent had decreases of more than five students. All schools reported special activities such as field trips, and virtually all reported that students used computers daily in school. Most school buildings were 100-150 years old, and many lacked various facilities. All schools enjoyed high or average community support, and many were used for community activities. Teachers also reported the schools' strengths, weaknesses, and unique qualities. Includes 12 data tables. (SV)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain); United Kingdom (Scotland)