History events at the IHR

Broadening access to independent education?: From the Fleming committee to the Public Schools Commission, 1942-1968

07 March 2013, 17:30 - 19:30

Event Type: Seminar


Dr Nicholas Hillman



The Fleming committee, established by 'RAB' Butler during the Second World War, and the Public Schools Commission, established by Harold Wilson and Anthony Crosland in the mid-1960s, both sought to bridge the gap between state-financed schools and the elite independent sector. This seminar will explore the similarities and differences between the two committees' reports, and evaluate the impact that each had. The presenter will also consider whether there are any lessons from these earlier attempts to widen participation in elite educational institutions for those seeking to increase fair access to selective universities today.

Holden Room (103)

Venue: Room 103 (Senate House, first floor)

Senate House
Malet Street 
London WC1E 7HU 

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