Mitchell and pupil teachers
Do you recognise anyone in this picture of Headmaster James Mitchell  with the Burntisland Pupil Teachers (circa 1905)? In the 60 years up to 1906, Scottish schools used the system of Pupil Teachers. Promising boys and girls aged 13 were apprenticed to their head teacher for four years. In return for a very modest salary and some additional instruction for themselves, they taught classes of younger pupils under the supervision of the head teacher. After this gruelling apprenticeship, the best of the Pupil Teachers went on to teacher training colleges.