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5 October 2015

Welcome to Education in England. I hope you'll find it useful.

The info page contains background information about me and about the site - past, present and future - plus the latest visitor statistics.

The links page lists other websites which may be of interest to readers of this site.

Comments or questions about anything on the site are always welcome - contact details are here.

If you'd like to let others know about Education in England you can download an A4 poster.

Derek Gillard


Education in England aims to provide students, teachers, lecturers and researchers - and anyone else who is interested - with information and original source material relating to the development of England's school system.

It contains the full texts of more than 470 important documents, including Reports, Official Papers and Acts of Parliament.

The site is divided into three main sections which can be accessed using the buttons at the top or bottom of every page. (Clicking on the Education in England logo always brings you back to this page).


Education in England: a brief history tells the story of England's schools from the arrival of Augustine in 597 to coalition government policies in 2010. In addition to the main text (117,000 words in twelve chapters), there's also a glossary, a bibliography, and a timeline of major events, education acts and publications.


The full texts of almost all the important reports on education in England and Wales since 1900 are here: Hadow, Plowden, Bullock, Warnock, Cockcroft, Swann and Elton etc. There are also more than 200 Acts of Parliament, and various other government and HMI publications.


Here are the thirty articles I have written since 1987. They include pieces on the history of primary education, pupil grouping policies, academies, school meals, faith schools, creationism, and religious education in Oxfordshire. There are also 28 book reviews and a handful of school policies from the 1990s.

Comprehensive Future
Selection - the growing threat
chaired by Melissa Benn, Fiona Millar and Laura McInerney

A conference for all who share concerns about selection at 11 and the growing problem of unfair school admissions.

Saturday 21 November 11am - 3.30pm
Abbey Community Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU

10 including lunch - book here

I do my best to ensure the factual accuracy of all information on this website
but cannot accept responsibility for any use made of it elsewhere.
If you notice any errors, please let me know. The views expressed on this website are mine.
All material on this website, except where otherwise indicated, is copyright Derek Gillard 2015.