1944 Education Act

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  • 1944 EDUCATION ACT
    • Education organised into 3 stages: primary, secondary and further
    • Made secondary education compulsory
      • Leaving age moved up to 16 (in 1918 raised to 14)
        • Shows progress as the 1881 Mundella Act made school compulsory for 5-10 year olds
          • Why did it take over 30 years?
    • 11+ exams to decide if child goes into a grammar school, technical school or secondary modern
    • Subjects no longer chosen based on gender
      • Boys = woodwork Girls = textiles
    • Caused a divide between students
    • Provided more options
    • Meant all students got a secondary education regardless of age
      • However, not all youngsters want this - should not be forced
    • However, not all youngsters want this - should not be forced
    • Broadened chances of a good job
    • Bright children who may be bullied have a place to go
    • Helps with social mobility
      • May help individuals escape poverty
    • May help individuals escape poverty
    • Results of state schools schools can be just as good as grammar schools
      • Does there need to be a division?
    • Not a fair way of testing
      • Middle class parents can afford tutors and more resources
      • Individuals may struggle academically (dyslexia) but it doesn't mean they lack knowledge
      • Some are still developing at 11
    • Abolition of fees
    • Compulsory sec. ed. makes more people go on to further
      • 1970 - over 15% of 17 year olds in school as opposed to 12% in 1962

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