This shelf of The Library offers links to information about the history of education in England & Wales on the world wide web.

The websites of long-established schools in England and Wales can also be a source of information on the history of education (particularly sections from alumnae associations) . . . so here's a handy list.

General | Victorian education | Edwardian education
Education Act of 1944 | 1960s

 
Web links  Web Links - General

Education in Wales - background briefing
The Powys Digital History Project includes this account of education in Wales from 1811 to 1970. Additionally, throughout the site there are photos and documents relating to schools in six rural communities in mid-Wales

Books  Book - General

King Edward VI School - Stratford-upon-Avon, by Richard Pearson
(Tenterden: Gresham Books, 2008)

A full and detailed history of King Edward VI School from 1295 onwards which inevitably covers education policy and practice in Victorian times and the twentieth century. The development of this typical rural grammar school is told through the use of extensive sources and the contributions of over seventy previous pupils and masters.

 
Details of how to purchase a copy.
External website

 
Web links  Web Links - Victorian education

A Noble ally and Olympic disciple: the Reverend Robert S. de Courcy Laffan, Coubertin's 'man' in England
An assessment of the contribution of KES Stratford's Victorian headmaster, Robert Laffan, to the early international Olympic movement. From Olympika: The International Journal of Olympic Studies. Requires Adobe Acrobat pdf reader.

The Victorian education
Companion notes by Deb Taft to a course on Victorian London from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Includes bibliography of printed sources.

Victorian schools in Sutton
A small collection of photographs from the archives of the London Borough of Sutton of elementary schools established by the Church of England and the local School Board in the second half of the nineteenth-century.

The Victorian School of the 3Rs
The web site of the Victorian School of the 3Rs museum in Llangollen, North Wales.

Wolverhampton Archives & Local Studies
The School Records section of this local authority web site includes photos and documents from Wolverhampton schools. A brief history of education in the area relates how legislation over the last hundred years has effected local provision. The site requires the Flash plug-in.

Education in Wales - background briefing
The Powys Digital History Project includes this account of education in Wales from 1811 to 1970. Additionally, throughout the site there are photos and documents relating to schools in six rural communities in mid-Wales


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Books  Book - Edwardian

The Boys of Shakespeare's School in the First World War, by Richard Pearson
(Stroud: History Press, 2010)

Although the focus of this book is on the thirty-one pevious pupils and one master killed fighting in the First World War, set as it is against the boys' schooldays, it also provides an intriguing glimpse on a vanished educational world.
 
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Web links  Web Links - Education Act of 1944

 

A Brief history of education in England
Based on a lecture given to a group of American teachers by Derek Gillard, a teacher for twenty-five years, a section of the overview provides a summary of the principal structure of the 1944 Education Act

 

 
Web links  Web Links - 1960s

 

Baines' Endowed School, Thornton, and Baines' Grammar School, Poulton Le Fylde
Stephen Yarwood's personal pages recall his memories of being taught at these two traditional Lancashire schools during the 1960s and '70s.

 

Warwick School in 1961
A collection of photographs taken by a pupil of the school, Roger Wilmut.

 

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