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The Butler Act

Children drinking their free milk at school in 1955.
Children drinking their free milk at school in 1955.
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The Education Act - or 'Butler Act' - of 1944 promised 'secondary education for all'. The act attempted to achieve this goal by raising the school leaving age and dividing the all-age elementary education into primary and secondary schools.

Search using Butler Act Education Bill Controlled schools Raising the School Leaving Age

Further reading

  • Jones, K., Education in Britain 1944 to the Present (Oxford: Polity, 2003)
  • Gosden, P., The Education System since 1944 (Oxford: Robertson, 1983)
  • Simon, B., Education and the Social Order (London: Lawrence & Wishart, 1991)