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Education in a post-war country

Updated Tuesday, 17th February 2009

The changes in state education after the war opened up new opportunities - and Hazel was keen to take them.

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The post-war period was significant for the education of Britain’s schoolchildren.

The 1944 Education Act established the principle of free education for all and created the tripartite system of secondary schools: grammar, secondary technical and secondary modern.

Self-motivated adults who wished to improve themselves could find opportunities in the numerous evening classes and correspondence courses.

The local Technical Colleges (or “Techs”) provided a variety of courses, including freelance writing. For Hazel, this would prove an important means of fulfilling her ambitions, as it was for others like her.


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I've been living with my mother and my stepfather since my Dad died.

Get on alright?

If I could afford to move out, I would. I work in the despatch department at David Brown’s, but the money’s hopeless. [FADE TO]

You meet different people in my line. Some are nicer than others, of course. Have you got a hobby?

I used to want to be an artist, but I’ve taken up writing, actually. I’m doing a course at the Tech.

What d’you write about?

Anything and everything. I’m not much good at the moment, but I keep trying.





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