Originally published in 1977. This is a lively account of the day-to-day running of European schools based in five countries - France, West Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal. It outlines the organisation of education in these countries, and examines aspects of curriculum, teaching methods, examinations, attitudes of teachers and pupils, buildings, equipment, out-of-school activities, pastoral care, discipline and rules and depicts what it is like to be a pupil or teacher in a European school. The schools discussed are mainly primary and lower secondary grades - the basic compulsory education of each country. Details of working hours, programmes and curricula which are, notably, often government controlled, are given in Appendices. But the author stresses that his aim throughout has been to show how individual schools work and adopt these rules to their own situation. He discusses the relative advantages and drawbacks of different educational systems, and draws his own conclusions about the favourable impressions he gained from many schools and the Awful Warning he saw in a few. This survey throws as much light on schools at home as on those in Europe and suggests that we have a good deal to learn from our neighbours.

chapter 1|6 pages

By way of introduction

chapter 2|17 pages


chapter 3|16 pages

What they do and how they do it

chapter 4|29 pages

The teacher and his work: I

chapter 5|33 pages

The teacher and his work: II

chapter 6|11 pages

Testing the work

chapter 7|35 pages

Buildings and equipment

chapter 8|12 pages

Away from the classroom

chapter 9|25 pages

Pastoral care and welfare

chapter 10|29 pages

Rules and regulations

chapter 11|7 pages

And so …?