As the changing season ushers in the changeover from playground to playing field and we race towards the famous, or infamous, (for the less physical among us) ‘Sports Day’ within our schools, we’d like to share with you a book recently published with us on the 1st of May. This book celebrates a key figure, not only within the history of the highly renowned Uppingham School, but the history of British formative education: Edward Thring.
A scion of Thring’s legacy, the author, Malcolm Tozer, is also a former headmaster and has used this experience alongside thorough scholarly research to author Edward Thring’s Theory, Practice and Legacy: Physical Education in Britain since 1800. This book examines how the progressive education ushered in by Edward Thring served as a corrective measure to the cutthroat ‘cult of athleticism’ that pervaded public schools at the time. In the spirit of the modern sports day: that is to say ‘it is not the winning but the taking part that counts’, Thring spearheaded a movement in schools that enabled every student to find his own personal best both within the classroom and on the playing field.
To celebrate the commencement of summer and all the sporting events it brings with it, we are offering a 20% discount on this book for the entirety of the summer term (that is, until the end of July!) To redeem your discount, please enter the code THRING20 on our website when purchasing the book.
To further educate yourself about the legacy of Edward Thring and to access the page for the book on our website, please click this link.