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19 March 2018

Welcome to Education in England. I hope you'll find it useful.

The info page contains background information about me and about the site, including the latest visitor statistics.

The links page lists other websites which may be of interest to readers of this site.

Comments or questions are always welcome - contact details are here.

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Derek Gillard


Education in England aims to provide students, teachers, lecturers and researchers - and anyone else who is interested - with information and original source material relating to the development of England's school system.

It contains the full texts of more than 600 important documents, including Reports, Official Papers and Acts of Parliament.

The site is divided into three main sections which can be accessed using the buttons at the top or bottom of every page. (Clicking on the Education in England logo always brings you back to this page).


My Education in England: a brief history has been online since June 1998 and has been revised several times. In 2014 I started work on a major new version, which is now almost finished - I hope to have it ready to upload in May. You'll find more information about it here.


The full texts of almost all the important reports on education in England and Wales since 1860 are here: Hadow, Plowden, Bullock, Warnock, Cockcroft, Swann and Elton etc. There are also around 250 Acts of Parliament, and various other government and HMI publications.


Here are the thirty articles I have written since 1987. They include pieces on the history of primary education, pupil grouping policies, academies, school meals, faith schools, creationism, and religious education in Oxfordshire. There are also 32 book reviews and a handful of school policies from the 1990s.

I do my best to ensure the factual accuracy of all information on this website
but cannot accept responsibility for any use made of it elsewhere.
If you notice any errors, please let me know. The views expressed on this website are mine.
All material on this website, except where otherwise indicated, is copyright Derek Gillard 1987-2018.