Miners lives / Education and training
In Staffordshire, some provision for education existed before 1840, and many of the children and young people at work in the mines took advantage of this. Many of them were keen to attend classes, even after 12 hours hard work.
Prior to 1870 there was no National System of Education in England. Day and evening schools, run by the National Society, existed and provided a basic education. Sunday Schools were run by individual churches and clergymen. In North Staffordshire, miners children were educated along with other children who lived in towns and villages.
At the beginning of the 20th century training became more important because of advances in the tools and machinery. Every man who entered the coal industry underwent a course of training. Next, he was trained by an instructor who taught him alone for a minimum specified period until he could do the job.
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