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Item of the Month – May 2016

The Leicestershire Experiment by Stewart C Mason, Director of Education, Leicestershire, 1957

The Leicestershire Experiment by Stewart C Mason, Director of Education, Leicestershire, 1957With Leicester so much in the news at the moment, the Item of the Month for May is a pamphlet relating to an experiment in secondary education there in the 1950s.

The plan by the Director of Education for Leicestershire meant that all children were transferred to a local high school at 11 years of age; when children reached 14 years of age and wished to continue education beyond 16, they would be transferred to grammar school without having to complete an entrance examination.  The other children remained in high school until they reached the school leaving age of 15.  By 1969 Leicestershire became the first county to become fully comprehensive.