Papers of Ethel Martha Hatchard née Smith

Scope and Content

Small group of papers reflecting the career of a woman teacher who combined teaching with family commitments in the first half of the twentieth-century. Personalia relating to her education and career, including school reports, correspondence re courses attended, letters of appointment, documents relating to pension arrangements, examination papers, and a ms career outline. Also included are a notebook from North London Collegiate School for Girls, containing notes from needlework lessons, 1907 and examples of teaching materials for reading and arithmetic, c.1950s.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ethel Hatchard was born in 1891 and educated at the North London Collegiate School for Girls, where she held a London County Council (LCC) scholarship between 1906 and 1908. She was also awarded a bursary to train as a teacher but did not take this up, owing to the death of her mother. In 1916 she took an intensive course for teachers of young children run by the LCC at the City of London College, Moorfields. Between 1916 and 1917 she taught at the Infants' Department of London Fields School, Hackney, London, resigning to become a full-time mother. She succeeded in the preliminary examination for the [teachers'] certificate in 1919. She taught at a private school, 1927-1928 and gave lessons in singing and pianoforte from 1930-1936, returning to teaching 'at the first opportunity' at Rayleigh Infants' School, Essex where she taught from 1936 onwards. She was granted leave of absence to attend a one-year course for unqualified teachers at Wall Hall Training College, 1950-1951 and she continued teaching into the 1950s. She died in 1983.

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Acquisition Information

Given by the family in 2000.

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Electronic and paper catalogues.

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