History - Education in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s

A summary of Grammar schools, Secondary Moderns, Comprehensives and Universities

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Education in the `60s and `70s
Key problems with the school system
Grammar Schools Secondary Modern
To obtain entry to a Grammar Secondary modern students often
school you had to pass an 11+ exam ended up in low paid jobs
Grammar schools opened up Parents worried that their children
possibilities to bright and talented would have no future if they failed
pupils from all social backgrounds 11+
They had better funding `...to have been consigned to a
secondary modern is to have failed
They also had more qualified disastrously' - Peter Laurie
There was less of a class divide
Grammar school students went on
to university
There was sometimes social divide
and conflict
Possible Solutions
Scrapping the 11+ system
Spread resources more evenly
Stop the division of schools

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For Comprehensives Against Comprehensives
They abolished class divides Many people felt alienated when
classes were mixed
Comprehensives created a better
situation for the working classes 11+ system directed students into a
than Grammar schools school to suit their needs
Abolished the determination of a If too many people were to stay on
child's future at 11 in further education it could cause
employment problems
Fairer ­ share teachers and
resources evenly The old system focused resources
on promising children
Each generation previously
determined their…read more

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Tuition fees Grants to help with tuition fees
and cost of and sometimes living expenses
In 1939 only
50000 people
went on to
education…read more



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