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Board of Education: Re-organisation of Schools, Local Education Authority Files

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Board of Education: Re-organisation of Schools, Local Education Authority Files

Reorganization programmes of schools necessary to secure the provision of advanced instruction in elementary schools submitted to the Board of Education by Local Education Authorities.

The files include related correspondence, interview memoranda, re-assessments of school accommodation, protests against re-organization proposals and replies to questionnaires on provision of advanced education.

Some files contain earlier material on the organization of advanced work in elementary schools; and in the London files there are papers concerning the formation (1909 to 1910) of central schools followed by reports of H.M. Inspectors on the first years's working of such schools (1912/1913).

For the period 1936-1944 only papers relating to areas which had not previously submitted schemes of submitted major re-organisation schemes under the Education Act, 1936, have been preserved.


Alphabetically in counties (including Part III Authorities) and county boroughs for England and Wales.

Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Physical description:
791 file(s)
Administrative / biographical background:

Reorganization programmes were necessary to provide a system of advanced elementary education in accordance with the policy laid down in the Board of Education's Circular 1350 of 28 January 1925, and in the findings of the board's Consultative Committee published in 1926 (the Hadow Report).

In February, 1924, the Board of Education had referred to its Consultative Committee, chaired by Sir W.H. Hadow, questions arising upon the Education of the Adolescent. In December 1926, the board published a report generally referred to as the "Hadow Report", setting out the findings of the committee. Its main thesis - the provision for every child over the age of eleven years of a system of intermediate education in schools set apart and organised for that purpose - emphasised and amplified the general trend of policy outlined in the board's Circular 1350 (28 January, 1925) which since that date had become the generally accepted basis of all re-organisation proposals.

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