The Beloe Report (complete)
The Beloe Report (1960)
Secondary School Examinations other than the GCE
Report of a Committee appointed by the Secondary School Examinations Council in July 1958
London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office 1960
Notes on the text
Robert Beloe was Surrey's Chief Education Officer from 1940 to 1959.
This report was produced by an eight-member Committee of the Secondary School Examinations Council (SSEC), appointed in July 1958 to study the question of examinations other than the General Certificate of Education (GCE) in secondary schools. It was published in July 1960 by Minister of Education David Eccles at the suggestion of the SSEC.
It recommended the creation of a new system of exams for less academic 15 year olds, to run alongside the existing GCE O Levels. As a result, the Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE) was introduced in 1965.
The report online
The complete report is presented in a single web page.
The formatting of the text (bold, italics, centred etc) is a reasonably accurate representation of the printed version, but the pages presented here are not exact facsimiles of the original: the font (Times, Arial etc) and size of print - and therefore the number of words to a line and lines to a page - are determined by the settings you have chosen for your web browser. However, the page breaks are correct. In other words, if something is shown here as being on, say, page 103, you can be sure it appeared on page 103 in the original.
The tables are presented here as images and are embedded in the text where they were in the original.
I have corrected a dozen or so printing errors.
Summary of the report's main recommendations
The 1960 Beloe Report and the above notes were prepared for the web by Derek Gillard and uploaded on 7 May 2012.