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┆Oral history interview with Robert Laslett and his wife, Pam Laslett
**Name**: Robert Laslett
**Biographical summary:** Robert Laslett was a teacher (1951-1954) at Swalcliffe School under Richard Balbernie and Bodenham Manor School under David Wills. He was a Trustee of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust, becoming the fourth member of the board in 1971. He was a colleague and close friend of the residential childcare pioneer, David Wills. In 1970 Laslett helped to establish the Social Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties Association's (SEBDA) annual lecture, the David Wills Lecture, which was later renamed the Wills Laslett Lecture.
**Interviewer**: Craig Fees
**Brief summary of interview**: Laslett discusses the circumstances around him arriving as a teacher at Swalcliffe School in 1951 as the school was just opening. He also recalls the early days of the school, including the staff, and how the school progressed over its first few years. He talks at length about the school's founder Richard Balbernie and the impact he had on the school and the boys. Later, Laslett discusses particular students and memories that stand out in his mind both at Swalcliffe and at Bodenham Manor School. Later in the recording Laslett discusses the way Bodenham Manor School was run and how David Wills differed in his approach to treating children compared to Swalcliffe School and New Barns School. He goes on further to discuss David Will's personality and the children who were at Bodenham.
Contains some offensive language.
**Date of recording:** 10 November 1989
**Recording length**: 0:44:42, 0:45:40, 0:46:11 and 0:43:39