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1960–1969: A Decade of Social and Legislative Innovation
1960–1969: A decade of social and legislative innovation
Introduction

In this chapter we will examine some of the tensions that have remained at the forefront of the education debate in England and Wales. The 1960s saw a continuation of the postwar consensus in education policy and practice, but tensions began to emerge, particularly with the widespread discontent with the process of selection of children at age 11, streaming, particularly in primary schools, the inadequacy of a ‘secondary modern’ education and the ‘creaming’ off of bright and more able pupils by the grammar and independent schools. The negative influences of social class and neighbourhood on attitudes to schooling, aspiration and achievement gradually entered the ...

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