Sybil Marshall

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Sybil Marshall (26 November 1913 – 29 August 2005) was a British writer, teacher and educationalist.

As a teacher in a one-room school in Cambridgeshire during the 1940s, Marshall developed teaching methods based on integrating subjects and encouraging children's creativity. Later written up as An Experiment in Education, her methods influenced the 1967 Plowden Report into primary education in Britain.

In later years, Marshall became a writer, publishing academic works on education, childhood memoirs of growing up in the Cambridgeshire fenland, and, from 1993, a series of novels.


  • Adventure in Creative Education[1]
  • Fenland Chronicle
  • The Silver New Nothing
  • A Pride of Tigers
  • Everyman's Book of English Folk Tales
  • A Nest of Magpies
  • Once Upon A Village
  • The Chequer Board
  • Sharp Through The Hawthorn[2]


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  1. ^ Published by Pergamon Press in 1968 and illustrated by Ewart Oakeshott.
  2. ^ All the Bibliographical detail taken from a paperback copy published by Penguin in 1995, the original being published in hardback by Michael Joseph in hardback on 1994 of Sharp Through The Hawthorn