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Think education's crazy? We don't feed pupils brimstone any more

In Victorian times, pupils used to be fed brimstone (sulphur) 'for health reasons'

It is the 1920s. After a hearty lunch, the teacher at the “open-air school” announces that it’s time for pupils to take a compulsory hour-long nap in deckchairs on the lawn.

The children, giggling with delight, rush for the chairs, curling up under their tartan blankets.

“Having a nap was the highlight of my life, to be honest,” says one girl after emerging refreshed.

This was one of those moments watching BBC Two’s Back in Time for School series when I thought: “Now that sounds like a good idea…why don’t we do that now?” A lack of sleep is the scourge of our time.

However, there were ...

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