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Why does UK split education at 11?

Originally appeared at

May 1, 2012 in Born to Learn, Uncategorized

The UK didn’t used to split education at 11 years of age. From 1870 to 1944 it had all-through schools called elementary schools. So why did we decide to split schooling back then and is it still working for us – and our children – now?

In this short interview, John Abbott provides a brief history of why we split schools at 11 and asks why we continue to do so when we know it is counter to what children need.

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