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Education Authority of Glasgow Special Services (clip 1)

School provision for disabled children in the 1920s

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Some of the education authority special services are illustrated including the preparation of school meals, transporting handicapped children to school and the work of Woodburn Hostel for blind children and Langside School for the deaf.

Questions & Activities


  • What type of school is this?
  • who made the film and why?
  • What subjects were being taught?
  • What does that suggest about expectations about the children's futures
  • What were the boys doing, what were the girls doing? How many in each bus?
  • Why are some classes taking place outside?
  • What kinds of disabilities do you see?


Health and Wellbeing: Research childhood illnesses of the period, subsequently developed treatments, compare with childhood illness now

Media Studies: Add a voice-over about some of the issues that the film provokes.

Social History: Compare and contrast transport to school then and now: how do/did children get to school?

Social History: Research school life in the Nineteen Twenties - look at clothing, lessons, transport, class size, timetable etc.

Maths / Music: Time the beats in the dance sequence, compose, record and add music with that timing.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-245-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 1610
Date 1925
Genre Documentary, Sponsored
School Subject Health and Wellbeing, Media Studies, Social History, Mathematics
Where Glasgow, Langside
Clip Length 4:42
Film Length 10:40