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Chapter One: 1944–1960: The Postwar Consensus: Education for All?

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1944–1960: The Postwar Consensus: Education for All?
1944–1960: The postwar consensus: Education for all?
Introduction

Following the end of the Second World War there was a desire by all political parties not to return to the problems of the 1930s and to introduce widespread social and economic reconstruction. The 1944 Education Act recognised the importance of education in raising living standards and enhancing social mobility. Secondary education to 15 was made compulsory, and free school meals and milk were introduced with a range of other welfare services. Children were segregated at the age of eleven by ability and aptitude into grammar, technical and modern schools. However, ...

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