The legal basis of the system is the Education Act 1944, and the amendments made by fourteen Acts of Parliament between 1946 and 1972. The 1944 Act prescribes the duty of government, local education authorities and parents in a system which is compulsory for those aged five to sixteen, and which contains optional preschool and […]
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Education is compulsory between the ages of five and sixteen. The minimum leaving age has been raised from fifteen to sixteen in 1972—73. Compulsory schooling is divided into a primary and secondary stage. The transition from primary to secondary schooling is normally made around the age of eleven. Since the Education Act, 1964, gave local […]
Primary education includes three age ranges: nursery forchildren under five years, infants from five to seven or eight, and juniors from seven or eight to eleven or twelve years. Attendance is voluntary, but much sought after, for children under five. They may attend one of the rare publicly maintained nursery schools, an independent nursery school, […]
Secondary schools are generally much larger than primary schools. Over half have between 400 and 800 pupils. The largest schools have 2,000. There were 5,400 maintained secondary schools in 1970 with 3 million pupils, 178 direct grant schools with 119,000 pupils and 2,775 independent secondary schools, including the famous “public1’ schools, with over 43,000 pupils. […]
In the last twenty years the public schools and the most successful grammar schools have become increasingly alike: and the increasing movement towards comprehensive schools, which threatens both of them, has forced them into a friendly alliance. The public schools have become more concerned with intellectual training, less with character-building: the big grammar schools — […]
In a very’separate stream of their own, often segregated from the age of five or.six, are the children at the independent or “public” schools which for the past two decades have been the cause of more controversy than any other British institution. Their influence on the present British power structure is not quite what it […]
For six years up to 1970 the expansion of comprehensive schools and the gradual weakening of the grammar schools was widely associated with Labour Party policy, at odds with Conservative opinion. Butj, in fact, the movement began long before Labour came into power and continued afterwards. The pressure for “comp- rehensivisation” often came more from […]
The two phrases — life at school and the life of the school — are so close together that one would expect them to be, if not synonymous, yet clearly descriptive of the same thing. How far is this true? Life at school is a simple objective phrase which promises no more than an account […]
An unskilled worker’s child has a six times higher chance of being a poor reader than a child of a professional worker, and a fifteen times higher chance of being a non-reader. Seven-year-olds from large families are on average 12 months behind seven-year-olds from small families in their reading.
About one in five non-immigrant children in some primary schools in inner-city areas leave at 11 unable to read simple sentences, the author of a new report on education priority areas warned yesterday. The difficulties of immigrant children are even more marked.