From HORSA huts to ROSLA blocks: the school leaving age and the school building programme in England, 1943–1972

  title={From HORSA huts to ROSLA blocks: the school leaving age and the school building programme in England, 1943–1972},
  author={Steven B. Cowan and G. Mcculloch and T. Woodin},
  journal={History of Education},
  pages={361 - 380}
This paper examines the connections between the school building programme in England and the raising of the school leaving age (ROSLA) from 14 to 15 in 1947 and then to 16 in 1972. These two major developments were intended to help to ensure the realisation of ‘secondary education for all’ in the postwar period. The combination led in practice to severe strains in the education system as a whole, with lasting consequences for educational planning and central control. ROSLA was a key issue for… Expand
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