Ministry of Education and successors: Primary, Secondary and General Education: General Files

ED 147
Ministry of Education and successors: Primary, Secondary and General Education: General Files

Files of the Ministry of Education and successors' Schools Branch relating to general aspects of primary and secondary education since the coming into force of the Education Act 1944.

The series includes files on such topics as comprehensive education, examinations, educational and career guidance, diocesan education committees and local government reorganisation and on such bodies as the Secondary Schools Examination Council, the Curriculum Study Group and the Schools Council for the Curriculum and Examinations. Material on the School Certificate, the General Certificate of Education and the Certificate of Secondary Education is also included.

Following the 1944 Education Act the previous E (Elementary) and S (Secondary) Local Education Authority files were reclassified P/S but no P/S General files were opened, the old E and S General series continued in use and, inevitably, there was much overlapping of subject matter.

Included in this series are representative specimen files from certain of the routine Primary/Secondary and General Local Education Authority files. The relevant policy and procedure files for each series will be found in the General files.

  • These series are:
  • P/S LEA A - Attendance
  • P/S LEA B - Regulations
  • P/S LEA P - Extra district children
  • P/S LEA S - Miscellaneous
  • P/S LEA T - Religious instruction
  • G LEA G - Section 53 of the 1944 Education Act, the provision of facilities for recreation and social and physical training
  • G LEA P(2) - Transport
  • G LEA Q - Provision of clothing

Files relating to the Schools Council for the Curriculum and Examinations, the Curriculum Study Group and the Secondary Schools Examinations Council are included in this series.


The General files are arranged in numerical order and the Local Education Authority files in alphabetical order of counties and county boroughs. The Secondary Schools Examinations Council files are arranged under subject headings.

Related Material:
This series is a continuation of the files previously transferred in:
This series precedes the series transferred into ED 207
ED 10
ED 11
ED 12
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Former references:
in its original department:   E file series, S file series, G file series and P/S file series
Legal status:
Public Record
Physical description:
1352 file(s)
Access conditions:
Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Administrative / biographical background:

On 1 October 1964 the Schools Council for the Curriculum and Examinations was set up and assumed responsibility for the functions previously exercised by the Curriculum Study Group and the Secondary Schools Examinations Council.

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