OCR History B As: Liberal Sunset – The Rise and Fall of ‘New Liberalism’ 1890–1922 F981: The 1902 Education Act

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The 1906 General Election: 1902 Education act
A severe deficiency was apparent upon British technical and scientific education compared
to that offered to the general population in Germany of France.
In order to halt national decline and to promote national efficiency the education act was set
up
What the act was
To reform th current system of education
School boards were abolished and LEAs set up that handed over duties to local
borough or county councils
They were given the powers to set up secondary schools as well as developing local
elementary schools
Money for this was provided by using rate payer's money
Effects of the act:
Nonconformists were opposed to rate payers money being used ot help fund
Anglican schools
Liberals conscious of traditional support from the nonconformists fought th proposal
to the house of commons
This led to a loss of votes from the nonconformists for the Conservatives and a gain
from the Liberals
In the following year there was 7,000 prosecutions for nonpaying of rates in Wales
where nonconformity was strong
Helped unite the split in the liberal party
Balfour was unable to predict the storm over which the act causedthat Salisbury
had foreseen.

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