I was educated through the state system in East Anglia. My primary school in the late 1950s had mainly female teachers, most of whom were either the older ‘Miss’ types or young, yet unmarried teachers. The Headmaster was very stern, had fought in the war, and terrified us all. The teachers would most often hit us with rulers to keep discipline, and the boys would occasionally be taken out of the classroom and we would hear the thwack of the slipper. However, the big threat was to be sent to the Headmaster. We had heard he used to cane hard.