In the run-up

I’d like to share my recollections of corporal punishment some years ago at an English boys day school. It’s not that long ago that corporal punishment was considered quite normal and most boys expected to receive it at some time during secondary school, maybe several times each term, and even though we were generally punished less as we got older, we could still receive corporal punishment up to and including the sixth form, as I did.

In our school, corporal punishment meant the slipper or the cane. All teachers, including the female members of staff, regularly used the slipper. The cane could be used by any teacher, but they would have to request it from one of the senior teachers who were issued with the cane and more commonly administered the canings.

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