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School Leaving Age

The age remained at 14 until after WWII.


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The Hadow Report (1926)

Recommended raising the school leaving age to 15.(

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The Hadow Report (1926)

It also recommended the setting up of 3 different schools after 15:  

Secondary (Grammar) Schools, Junior Technical Schools and Central (Modern)Schools.                                              

These would provide an education that was suited to the students' ability and aptitudes.

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Spens Report (1938)

Made similar recommendations to the Hadow Report, but they were all ignored.(

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Only 1 adolescent in 5 received any secondary education.


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Access to universities was very limited.

Secondary schools, supported by public funds, sent only 6 pupils in every 100 to a university. 



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There were 5 1/2 million children in elementary schools.

Over 600,000 in some form of secondary schools.

There were 30,000 undergraduates in universities, some in new 'civic' universities which were just beginning to develop.(

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Out of every 1,000 children at an elementary school, only 4 reached a university.

Less than 1 in 1,000 reached Oxbridge.

A third of those entering universities came from grant-aided schools.

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