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The Old BoysThe Decline and Rise of the Public School$
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David Turner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300189926

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300189926.001.0001

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Embracing the Examination Incubus 1945–1979

Embracing the Examination Incubus 1945–1979

(p.193) Chapter Seven Embracing the Examination Incubus 1945–1979
The Old Boys

David Turner

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the British public school system from 1945 to 1979. Topics covered include the 1944 Education Act, which made it compulsory for local councils to offer secondary education free to everyone; increased spending on state secondary education, which raised the number of pupils at grammar schools; the pressure on public schools to improve both their A and O level results and the increased emphasis on academic success; the arrival of co-education; the Labour government's appointment of a Public Schools Commission in 1964; the entry of direct grant schools into the public school sector, which increased competition; and the improvement of feeding and facilities in the post-war era.

Keywords:   British public schools, public school system, public school education, grammar schools, state secondary education, co-education, Public Schools Commission, Education Act 1944

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