The Vicar had
outlined in 1892 the rules relating to when children could attend part time,
in order to work, or indeed to leave school entirely. In the January
1894 edition of the Parish Magazine he returned to the topic to explain
changes to the law introduced with the Elementary Education Act, 1893 - both
for parents, and for employers :-
School Attendance Notice
The Vicar desires to call the attention of parents
to an alteration in the age of exemption from school attendance, made by the
Elementary Education Act, 1893. After
the 1st of January, 1894, no children will be exempt from the
obligation to attend school until it has reached the age of 11 years.
Parents will be liable to conviction under the bye-laws of the School
Attendance Committee if they fail to cause their children between 5 and 11
years of age to attend school.
labour who employ any child so as to cause it to infringe the above rule
will be liable to a penalty for the same.
The Vicar had to return to the issue in the February Magazine,
since there seemed to be a degree of misunderstanding, though one can't help
but feel in this 'clarification' he may have made matters less
School Attendance Notice – No II
The Vicar, finding that a wrong interpretation has
been put upon the notice in last month’s Magazine with regard to
compulsory School attendance, feels it his duty to inform parents that
children who have reached the age of eleven years are only exempt from
School attendance provided they have passed Standard IV.
If they have only passed Standard III. at the age of 11 years, they
can be kept at School as half-timers until they pass Standard IV, or attain
the age of thirteen; but all children must have reached the age of eleven
years, and passed in Standard III. before they can be reckoned as
half-timers. All children are
supposed to pass in the Fourth
Standard before they leave School. If
they do this, having reached the age of 11, they are exempt from further compulsory
attendance, but they can remain at School until they are 15. If they have
not passed Standard IV., they must remain at School (as before said) until
such time as they do pass it, or reach the age of thirteen.
Employers of labour are again enjoined to be careful not to employ
children until they have passed the required Standard, as they are liable to
a penalty for doing so.