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Friday, March 09, 2012

A Brief Eleven Plus History

We need to go back to 1926 when the Report of the Consultative Committee on the Education of the Adolescent (The Hadlow Report) recommended that there should be:

·         A separation between primary and secondary education at age 11

·         That allocation to either Grammar or Modern school should be by examination at 11

·         Modern School education should be similar to that of the Grammar school – but shorter and more practical

In 1931 another report was published – this was the Report of the Consultative Committee on the Primary School. The report supported the Hadlow recommendation that the age of transfer should be at 11.

In 1938 the Spens Report was called Report of the Consultative Committee on Secondary Education with reference to Grammar School and Technical High Schools. This report proposed three types of school – Grammar, Modern and Technical.

These reports all led up to the 1944 Education Act which changed the administrative structure of education – and the word curriculum was not used!

Of course more reports have been written and poured over since 1944. The eleven plus, however, has maintained a steady presence in a number of authorities. The education of many children must have affected by being able to attend a grammar school.