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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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A Golden Age At Last 1980–2014

A Golden Age At Last 1980–2014

(p.220) Chapter Eight A Golden Age At Last 1980–2014
The Old Boys

David Turner

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the British public school system from 1980 to 2014. Topics covered include the first round of what would become known as “the facilities arms race” in the 1980s—a dash by schools to spend more than each other on new buildings and equipment, in a bid to attract pupils; the introduction of the Assisted Places Scheme, which replaced, for secondary school age children deemed intellectually able, the state-funded places that disappeared with the end of the direct grant system; increased accountability of schools for students' academic performance; and the reversal of public schools' earlier neglect of science and maths.

Keywords:   British public schools, public school system, public school education, Assisted Places Scheme, academic performance

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