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1 August 2022

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

The info page contains background information about me and about the site.

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).


In half a million words, and with references to 543 sources and links to the texts of almost 400 documents, Education in England: a history describes the development of our education system from AD43 to 2017. There is a printer-friendly version of each chapter.


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 more than 250 Acts of Parliament, and various other government and HMI publications.


Here are all the articles and book reviews I have written since 1987. Among the articles are pieces on the history of primary education, pupil grouping policies, academies, school meals, faith schools, creationism, and religious education in Oxfordshire.

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 1987-2022.