About the author: John Roach took a degree in history and a PhD at Cambridge after war service, and has been a schoolmaster, fellow of a Cambridge College (Corpus Christi), and from 1965 to 1983 professor of education at the university of Sheffield. His published work has been largely in the history of education, particularly English secondary education in the 19th century, and in recent years in the history of Sheffield and Yorkshire.1998 0-7734-8250-4
This study offers a regional study of education, comparing educational movements in Yorkshire with what happened in other parts of England. It promotes a comparative approach, examining main themes such as the effects of the Reformation, the growth of the grammar schools, the attempts of both church and State to regulate schools and schoolmasters, the dissemination of elementary schooling and the development of private schools for both boys and girls. The sense of collective action in the Yorkshire area is strong, continuous, and remarkable, throwing light on the history of the county in general. The development of the theme of community action is an important contribution to historical scholarship.