|"December 1844. Thos.Poulter for teaching the children in the house £0.10.0."|
|"December 1845. Schoolmaster. 4 weeks wages £0.14.0."|
I have examined the children, but regret to say that they are in a low state as respects their education. It is of the utmost importance that they should be wholly separated from adult paupers. There is abundant evidence to prove the evil effects of such association in workhouses, especially to young girls.
|T. B. Browne.|
H.M.Inspector of Schools.
I beg to recommend that half a dozen copies of the ~rd. and 4th. Irish reading books and one copy of Tate's Arithmetic be provided for the use of the children."
|"lst. February 1850. The recommendation of Mr.Browne having been taken into consideration. it was resolved that the Boys be placed in the first room on the women's side of the house with a respectable old man or two, and the Girls in the next room with a steady woman to overlook them, the remainder of the women occupying the third room."|
|"21st. January 1852. I am sorry to say that the children here did not pass a satisfactory examination this day. I cannot speak favourably either of their reading, writing, spelling, religious knowledge or arithmetic. It is very desirable that the boys should be employed in fieldwork if practicable. I fear that the complete separation of t h e children from the adult paupers is not possible in this workhouse."|
|"6th. February 1852. Ordered that such children as are able to go to Barwick attend daily at the parish school there for instruction."|
|"9th. February 1853. I have examined the children and regret to say that. they are excessively ignorant and thoughtless. No practical results can be expected unless children's minds are interested in their work, and they are led to understand what they read. I find that the girls and the female inmates sleep in the same room. This arrangement is very objectionable and must lead to the corruption of the girls."|
|"3rd.February 1854. It was this day agreed between the Guardians and the Rev. Mr. Hope that the pauper children in the workhouse shall in future be educated at his school at Barwick at the rate of 3d. per week exclusive of writing materials."|
|"12th. October 1854. The children were still in a low state and their attainments are very limited, but they appear to have improved since my last visit. I was glad to find that arrangements are in progress for the better classification of inmates."|
|"l0th. May 1855. I have again examined the children who appear to be making fair progress, although they are by no means as yet in an advanced state. I think that they have improved since my last visit."|
|"29th. April l856(?) The attainments of the children who go out of school were but moderate. One boy answered some simple questions and also a girl who recently left, school. The others showed very little intelligence "|