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Arthur Sporne: An introduction

Introduction to the archive of Arthur Sporne

Collection snapshot

Photograph of Arthur Sporne with a boys' football team

Who was Arthur Sporne?

Arthur Sporne was a teacher who worked at the Joseph Lannercost Elementary School in Ealing  (from 1924 Grange School, Ealing) from 1911 until his career was halted by war service during the First World War. During the Second World War the school was evacuated to Stoke Mandeville. After the War Sporne moved to Selbourne School where he specialised in the teaching of mathematics. He retired in 1954 after which he wrote, and coached school phobics.

The collection comprises a small amount of papers relating to Sporne's teaching career including essays and correspondence by pupils, a typescript of a book on Sporne's views on the education system and an interview with Sporne by his daughter carried out just before his death in 1977. In the interview Sporne talks about his own education and career, as well as his views on many aspects of education.

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