The Butler Education Act became legislation 70 years ago this week. This important Act made education free for all and established our system based on local education authorities. It also legislated for independent schools and gave schools the freedom to develop their work in accordance with the professional judgement of the teachers within individual educational institutions.
It also made a pertinent and clear statement about the development of the whole child (and community).
“The statutory system of public education shall be organised in three progressive stages to be known as primary education, secondary education, and further education; and it shall be the duty of the local education authority for every area, so far as their powers extend, to contribute towards the spiritual, moral, mental, and physical development of the community by securing that efficient education throughout those stages shall be available to meet the needs of the population…
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