LEARNING FOR LIVING: The Junior Secondary School in Scotland

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  • Stirlingshire


  • Agriculture
  • Arts and crafts
  • Education
  • Employment, industry and industrial relations
  • Home life
  • Housing and living conditions


  • Sponsored


  • Campbell Harper Productions
  • MacLEAN, William J. ‘Mac’


  • 1950s

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Title: LEARNING FOR LIVING: The Junior Secondary School in Scotland

Reference number: 0416

Date: 1956*

Director: d. W. J. Maclean

Sponsor: Scottish Education Department

Production company: Campbell Harper Films Ltd.

Sound: sound

Original format: 35mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 40.00 mins

Description: A survey of educational facilities at a junior secondary school in Scotland.

See also shorter version entitled SCOTS OF TOMORROW ref. 0007 .

Sequence Reel 1 - (3.30) - (5.08) teacher is Robert F Mackenzie, later controversial head of Summerhill Academy, Aberdeen. Reel 2 - Prefect meeting (4.24) - shot in Powis Academy, Aberdeen.

Paper Archive 1/6/29 File containing correspondence, script etc

Credits: Produced by the Joint Production Committee of the Scottish Educational Film Association and the Scottish Film Council on behalf of the Scottish Education Department

cam. Gordon MacKay
comm. Tom Fleming
ed. W.J. Maclean

Shotlist: REEL 1
Credits (.44); Children arrive at school. Morning assembly (3.30); Newspapers are studied in English class (5.08); Pupils collect news for their own newspaper and write it in class (6.36); Pupils visit church, possibly Corstorphine, Edinburgh, as part of local history project (8.28); Boys engaged in "chain and tape" survey of school playground (9.53); Algebra class (10.17)

No credits. Girls measure height of school chimney as part of trigonometry lesson. Models and examples used in maths class (1.42); Girls at work in homecraft department (3.27); Fourth year project on the home (4.24); A prefects' meeting (7.12); Prefects carry out various duties. Meeting at a different school (8.26); Puppet theatre as school project. Pupils make puppets and stage (10.15)

No credits. Boys at work in technical department (1.51); Pupils carry out experiment in science department and take meteorological measurements. Pupils' model of local gas works (5.20); Glasgow pupils have a science lesson in a local park. Specimens are collected in classroom. Rural children study agriculturally-based sciences (8.11); Boys in school near the sea are taught seamanship (9.56)

No credits. Art class in city school. Painting and sculpture (3.09); Embroidered panel made by girl pupils. Girls in art class making school decorations (5.14); Hobbies class (6.30); Summer trek organised by school near Edinburgh. Shots of Stirling Castle, hostel on Loch Lomondside (7.46); Conclusion and montage of various scenes from film (9.17); End (9.26)