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New Left Review I/2, March-April 1960

Peter Newsam, John Dixon and John Thirlwell

Crowther Over Education

A three-part analysis and critique of the recent proposals contained in the Crowther Report on Education.

in march 1956 Sir David Eccles asked the Central Advisory Council for Education to advise him on the education of the 15—18 age-group. After 3½ years the Council has produced a Report. This includes the major recommendations that a 20-year plan should begin in 1960 aiming (a) to raise the minimum school-leaving age to sixteen by 1969, and (b) to provide in the Seventies, after an experimental period, compulsory part-time education for all young people of 16–18 who are not in full-time education; both recommendations already form part of the 1944 Education Act, which should therefore be implemented by about 1980. Precisely what has been achieved?

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