Salvaging education’s missed opportunity

By John Healey | 13 August 2013
  • John Healey

The great reforming secretary of state for education, Tony Crosland, wrote in 1956 that to create an education system which achieves equal opportunity ‘the most important step...would be the raising of the school leaving age to 16’.  This ambition became a Labour commitment at the 1964 general election and was implemented by Edward Heath’s Conservative government in 1972.

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