Going to school

Parliament has been a central force in building and shaping the nation's system of state education, going back to the 1830s with the very first state grants to what were then privately run schools.

The system of state schooling which we know today has been created and expanded through a series of pioneering Acts of Parliament, which built on the work of charities and societies in initially answering the need for better access to primary and secondary education.

Key dates

Key dates

Follow the chief stages and developments in the creation of Britain's state schools

Contemporary context

Contemporary context

Schooling still preoccupies Parliament nearly two hundred years after it first recognized the need for a formal system of education

Further your research

Further your research

Reference sources for more in-depth research into how Parliament has brought change and improvement to Britain's countryside

Related information

Current parliamentary business on the topic of schools