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#1 deep

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Posted 16 October 2002 - 10:28 PM

could anybody help ! When did it become compulsary for children up to 12 to attend school

#2 Miss Boughey

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Posted 16 October 2002 - 11:01 PM

I hope that this helps:


The Elementary Education (School Attendance) Act (1893) and Amendment Act raised school leaving age to 12 years.

#3 Mrs Faithorn

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Posted 16 October 2002 - 11:08 PM

Miss Boughey has just beaten me to it with her answer!

You might find this page helpful if you need more basic factual information of this sort about education in England:

http://www.genuki.or...IN/schools.html

However it does give the date as 1899 I now see :(

I'd go with Miss Boughey's answer if I were you.

#4 Mr Barnett

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Posted 16 October 2002 - 11:09 PM

Oh dear - I'm going to contradict Miss Boughey. In the book I've consulted it says that the school leaving age was raised to 12 years in 1899, not 1893. Maybe someone else will find out which of us is right!

#5 Mrs Faithorn

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Posted 16 October 2002 - 11:17 PM

Oh dear - I'm going to contradict Miss Boughey. In the book I've consulted it says that the school leaving age was raised to 12 years in 1899, not 1893. Maybe someone else will find out which of us is right!

This is developing into an interesting question ...

We now have two sources of information saying the same (ie 1899), but that doesn't automatically mean that is the right answer.

I don't teach this topic and don't pretend to have the definitive answer.

I'll see what else I can find and post again.

#6 Miss Boughey

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Posted 16 October 2002 - 11:17 PM

In some ways Mr Barnett, Mrs Faithorn and I are all right. May I explain...

In 1899 the Board of Education Act began the process to set up the Board of Education (1900) which would then co-ordinate and formalise the work of higher grade elementary schools, county technical schools and endowed grammar schools.

But the Elementary Education Act in 1893 had stated that the school leaving age should be raised to 12 years.

It is likely that the the 1893 Act had stated that 12 be the compulsory age but that this was not enforced until the 1899 Board of Education Act.

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#7 Mrs Faithorn

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Posted 16 October 2002 - 11:26 PM

Problem solved, I think.

"1893 Elementary Education (School Attendance) Act raised the school leaving age to 11 years."

"1899 Elementary Education (School Attendance) Act (1893) Amendment Act raised school leaving age to 12 years. "

See this page:key dates in education

In other words the Act of 1893 was amended (altered) in 1899 when the school leaving age was raised form 11 to 12.

#8 deep

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Posted 16 October 2002 - 11:28 PM

Thankyou all for your help with my question.
Deep

#9 Mrs Faithorn

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Posted 16 October 2002 - 11:28 PM

Miss Boughey has beaten me to it again,( posting her message as I typed mine) and with a very clear explanation.

We all hope your problem is now solved :)




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