Education officer compels children to go to school

#Picture Number SO182

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Victorian illustration to download showing a school board officer, accompanied by a policeman, finding children so as to compel them to go to school. The boys, ragged, dirty, and thin, have been sleeping rough. The Elementary Education Act of 1870 decreed that local authorities had to compel the attendance at school of all children between the ages of 5 and 13 (children over 10 who reached the required standard of education could be exempted). This picture (1871) shows Mr J Lawrence of the London School Board, who was accustomed to go out at dawn with a policeman to find vagrant children.