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Walthamstow 1910

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Walthamstow]

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(c.) GENERAL STATEMENT OF THE
EXTENT AND SCOPE OF MEDICAL
INSPECTION DURING 1910.
(i.) Visits to schools and departments.
All the schools have been visited at least twice during the year and
routine inspections have been carried out in all the departments. The
number of visits made for the purpose of medical inspection corresponds
to the number of times the schools were open.
The time occupied at the different schools varied, most attention
having to be devoted to the Infants schools and to the upper standards
of the Boys and Girls schools. The average time for each individual
inspection varies; about 35 children are inspected daily.
(ii.) The principle on which children have been selected for inspection
was primarily the carrying out of the Board of Education's requirements.
Special care was taken that all entrants and leavers were inspected,
and those between 7 and 8, and 12 and 13 years of age, as far as time
would permit. These groups were selected as embracing children
who were about to join the boys and girls schools and those that from
any cause might leave school before they attained the age of 14 years.
Taking the age group, 12 to 13 gives ample time for the remedying
of the defects discovered, and will make their final examination merely
formal.

(iii.) The number of Children inspected.The following table shows the number of children inspected, classified according to age and sex, and for each a complete schedule was filled up.

Age.Males.Females.Total.
4-5205182387
5-68607981658
6-7217278495
7-86766951371
8-981018
9-1012517
10-11121224
11-1217628
12-13451380831
13-147436341377
14-158981170
15-16312859
16-17112
332231106432
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