1963 Newsom Report (complete)
The Newsom Report (1963)
Half Our Future
A report of the Central Advisory Council for Education (England)
London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office 1963
Notes on the text
The Central Advisory Council for Education (England) (CACE) was established as a result of the 1944 Education Act. It lasted just twenty years - from School and Life, published in 1947, to Children and their Primary Schools, published in 1967.
Following the 1944 Act (but not required by it), the provision of secondary education in England was divided between grammar schools (for the minority of children who passed the eleven plus selection test) and secondary modern schools (for the majority who didn't). (There were also supposed to be technical schools but few of these were ever opened, so the 'tripartite system' was in reality a bipartite one).
By the end of the 1950s it was clear that the eleven plus failures were getting a poor deal and it was concern about this which led Conservative education secretary David Eccles to ask CACE:
To consider the education between the ages of 13 and 16 of pupils of average or less than average ability who are or will be following full-time courses either at schools or in establishments of further education. The term education shall be understood to include extra-curricular activities.For this report, CACE was chaired by John Newsom, who was a managing director of the publishing firm Longmans Green and Co and had formerly been Hertfordshire's County Education Officer. Among the 27 members of the Council were also Alec Clegg (Chief Education Officer of the West Riding of Yorkshire), the headmistress of London's Kidbrooke School, the principal of Homerton College Cambridge, and representatives of industry and the unions.
Eccles was replaced as education secretary by Edward Boyle in July 1962, so it was Boyle who received the Council's report in August 1963.
The report online
The full text of the report is online in a single web page.
I have retained the original paragraphing and capitalisation, and the (few) footnotes are displayed with their original (inconsistent!) numbering. I've amended a few spelling inconsistencies (e.g. timetable and time-table) and corrected a dozen or so misprints. I've added explanations to a few archaic words which are no longer in common use, and given metric equivalents of imperial measures. Anything added by way of explanation is shown [in square brackets].
The formatting of the text (bold, italics, centred etc) is a reasonably accurate representation of the printed version, but the pages presented here are not exact facsimiles of the original: the font (Times, Arial etc) and size of print - and therefore the number of words to a line and lines to a page - are determined by the settings you have chosen for your web browser. However, the page breaks are correct. In other words, if something is shown here as being on, say, page 103, you can be sure it appeared on page 103 in the original.
The page headers (part titles on the left hand pages, chapter titles on the right) have been omitted, as have blank pages.
The Newsom report contained 8 photographic plates, 16 diagrams and more than 40 tables which are all embedded in the text where they were in the original. Some of the tables are shown as images.
Summary of the report's main recommendations
The 1963 Newsom Report and the above notes were prepared for the web by Derek Gillard. The report was uploaded on 24 June 2007; the revised notes on 11 November 2012.