Back In Time For School

Episode Guide

The 1960s

Series 1 · Episode 4

Our time-travelling class arrives in 1960. With a brand new decade, comes a new school for our pupils - the Secondary Modern. Leaving behind the rigidity and formality of the post-war grammar, they are now training for a more vocational future. For the girls this means an introduction to typewriting, and for the boys, bricklaying. There was no escaping the basics, as our class find out in maths. One of the few lessons in which boys and girls were mixed, there's widespread confusion as they try to master the complex art of the slide rule; no calculators here! In 1963, there's a rebellion brewing as the girls are told they'll be cooking a meal in their very own purpose-built flat. The boys have been learning a skill deemed crucial for school leavers. Behind the wheel of mini, they've been learning to drive for the first time. As the decade draws to a close, friends, families, pupils and teachers get together in the school hall for the end of era dance.

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