Reference ED 136/127
Title Un-numbered and other circulars issued during the emergency period
Former Department Reference 2107(12)
Government Department Board of Education
Themes Evacuation
Subthemes Evacuation scheme, Education and schooling
Document Types Official Correspondence, Reports and Surveys, Film and Broadcast Transcripts
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide, Region 5: London
Locations Devon, London
Organisations Local Councils, Local Education Authorities


A file of documents relating to the preparations for the evacuation of schoolchildren. Subjects covered in the file include the reopening of schools after the summer holidays; a request for children on holiday in reception areas not to return; the need for teachers to advise parents on evacuation; and the continuation of normal school routine until the evacuation order. Other subjects discussed include a request for a list of evacuees for billeting payments; the arrangements for training colleges, including grants, courses, and admissions; and rail transport provisions for evacuees. Documents in the file include lists of evacuation areas in London and receiving areas; a broadcast script concerning the preparation of children for evacuation, including a list of required items such as clothing and gas masks; and a situation report of evacuated children in Devon, covering accommodation, teaching, recreation provisions, school materials, and building provisions.


accommodation, administration, air-raid precautions, allowances, billeting, books, childcare, children, clothing, colleges, communal feeding, conscription, disease, education, emergency procedures, evacuable areas, evacuation, evacuation training, evacuees, family, finance, food preparation, food supplies, gas masks, grants, healthcare, holidays, hostels, identity cards, infants, infrastructure, local authorities, meals, mental health, mothers, neutral areas, nutrition, parents, private education, public health, public transport, radio broadcasts, railways, reception areas, recreation, Roman Catholics, rural areas, salvage, sanitation, schools, state education, students, teachers, transportation, unemployment, universities, vocational training, voluntary organisations, welfare

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