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June 1872
The Girls' Public Day School Company was founded in London by the National Union (Women's Education Union) to establish schools for girls.
1883
Emily Jones , the first woman inspector in the BritishDepartment of Education , was appointed Directress of Needlework.
1889
The national Board of Education was established in Britain.
1894
The BritishEducation Department introduced the principle of limiting class size to sixty for elementary schools receiving grants.
18 December 1902
Balfour 's Education Act was passed; it dissolved the School Boards and replaced them with Local Education Authorities , which were empowered to provide secondary education.
1905
Maude Lawrence was appointed to the BritishBoard of Education as Chief Woman Inspector, a newly-created post.
1906
The Board of Education began to award local education authorities grants to build and maintain teacher training colleges.
1907
The bursary system of teacher training was introduced; this meant that students educated by the Board of Education to age sixteen would receive grants to further their secondary education in preparation for a teacher training...
29 February 1916
A Board of Education circular stipulated that school children should be hired for work only when no adult man or woman could fill the position.
1919
The University Grants Committee (UGC) was established to oversee the small grant which the British government was now making to some institutions of higher education.
From 1920
The Ministry of Education instituted a scheme of state studentships: grants for university education based on the student's results in Higher School Certificate (including special scholarship papers).
31 August 1939
The British Government issued an evacuation notice to be carried out within twenty-four hours; within three days, in fact, a million and a half children, pregnant women, and the blind were moved from their urban...
3 August 1944
Butler 's Education Act established the Ministry of Education and raised the school leaving age for both boys and girls to fifteen.
3 August 1944
Butler 's Education Act established the Ministry of Education and raised the school leaving age for both boys and girls to fifteen.
1959
The Roberts Report advised the establishment under the auspices of what became the Department of Education and Science an efficient and comprehensive free public library system serving all British citizens.