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Routledge International Companion to Education by Bob Moon, Sally Brown, Miriam Ben-Peretz

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NEW PERSPECTIVES ON THE EVOLUTION OF SECONDARY SCHOOL EDUCATION IN THE UK

Roy Lowe

 

 

 

LEGAL STRUCTURE

The most recent legal definition of secondary education in the United Kingdom is contained in the 1996 Education Act. This defines secondary education thus:

full time education suitable to the requirements of pupils of compulsory school age who are either senior pupils or junior pupils of 10 years 6 months and over whom it is expedient to educate with them; and full time education for pupils over compulsory school age but ordinarily under 19, which is suitable for, and provided at, a school.

Mercifully, this is also a fairly apt description of what passes as secondary education in the United Kingdom at the present time. It takes place ...

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