The examination was used to determine which type of school the student should attend after primary education: a grammar school, a secondary modern school, or a technical school.
1944 Education Act
The education act (also known as the Butler Act) was a 'post-war' act which meant that all children could receive a free education which was compulsory up to the age of 15. However, the school leaving age of 15 wasn't implemented until 1947. This act also gave 15-18 year olds the opportunity to get free education.
A Levels were introduced
A Levels were introduced in 1951 as a standardised post 18 qualification. The examinations could be taken on a subject-by-subject basis, according to the strengths and interests of the student. This encouraged specialization and in-depth study of three to four subjects.
CSEs were introduced
The CSE was introduced to provide a set of qualifications available to a broader range of schoolchildren and distinct from the GCE (O-Levels), that were aimed at the academically more able pupils
11 Plus exams scrapped
Chitty (2002) suggests that the Labour government's intention was to 'end selection at 11-plus to eliminate separation in secondary school education'
International Baccalaureate (IB) introduced in the UK
the IB is a two-year educational programme primarily aimed at students aged 16–19. The program provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education and is recognised by many universities worldwide.
The school leaving age increased to 16
The school leaving age had increased from 15 to 16. Following preparations which began 8 years earlier in 1964
Sex Discrimination Act
Act which protected men and women from discrimination on the grounds of sex or marital status.
Race Relations Act
Act that covered discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic and national origin in the fields of employment, the provision of goods and services, education and public functions.
Margaret Thatcher becomes prime minister
GCSEs were introduced
Education Secretary Sir Keith Joseph said schools would begin teaching the General Certificate for Secondary Education, or GCSE, in autumn 1986, with the first pupils sitting the exam in 1988. They were introduced to replace former British educational credentials such as the CSE (Certificate of Secondary Education) and the O-Level qualifications
City Technology Colleges were introduced
As part of the Education Reform Act of 1988, CTC's were introduced. 11-18 schools partially funded by industry, run on 'business lines' (longer school days) and offering a vocational as well as an academic curriculum.
CTC Kingshurst was the first City Technology College to open. Opened in 1988
Education Reform Act
An element of choice was introduced, where parents could specify which school was their preferred choice.
City Technology Colleges (CTCs) were introduced.
Controls on the use of the word 'degree' were introduced with respect to UK bodies.
Grant-maintained schools (GMS) were introduced.
'Key Stages' (KS) were introduced in schools.
Local Management of Schools (LMS) was introduced.
The National Curriculum (NC) was introduced.
SATs were introduced
The tests were introduced over a period of several years, 1991–1999, for the purpose of testing seven-, eleven- and fourteen-year-olds on nationally regulated educational standards.
OFSTED was established
OFSTED was established to monitor and report on the quality in schools. This included not only individual school inspections but also research into wider issues such as equality, teaching and learning in specific subjects
I was born
I was born in Ashford, London in 1993.
Tony Blair becomes prime minister
Teaching and Higher Education Act
Until 1998, all education in the United Kingdom was free up to and including university courses. However, shortly after coming to power, the Labour Party under Prime Minister Tony Blair abolished the student maintenance grant system and introduced an up-front fee fixed at just over £1,000 per year for all university students.
Attended Whittington Oval Infant School
Started reception in 1998 but left in 2000
Moved to Yardley Infant School
Started mid-way through year 1 at Yardley Infant School in 2000. Completed the rest of my primary school years in this school until 2005
Took KS1 SATs exam
Took my year 2 SATs exam
Yardley Infant & Junior School became 'Yardley Primary School'
Higher Education Act
The Act incorporates several key changes to the financial arrangements of higher education students. The changes took effect in 2006, and apply to England and Wales.
Up-front fees to be replaced by an income-linked deferred payment. Students are to be loaned the funds by the government and repayments will be made out of income once the graduate is earning more than £15000 per year.
Fixed rate of £1125 to be replaced by variable fees between 0 and £3000.
Increased levels of financial aid.
The Children Act: Every Child Matters
The act integrated children's services; extended schools to provide out of school activities, community facilities, family support and access to specialist services.
The Act was enacted in order to simplify the process of school improvement, strengthening the accountability framework for schools, in particular by amending the approach used by Ofsted when inspecting schools in England.
The Act also brought about changes to the role of the Teacher Training Agency, broadened the need for local education authorities to invite proposals for new schools, and introduced 3-year budgets for maintained schools.
Took KS2 SATS exam
I took my year 6 SATs exam
Applied to CTC Kingshurst
I applied to attend CTC Kingshurt as my secondary school. To attend I was required to take an entry test and attended an interview, I did not get into CTC Kingshurst and had to attend a different secondary school
National Strategy for Secondary Education
This national strategy replaces they Key Stage 3 strategy and promotes:
Whole class teaching, which gets the best from every child
Extra small group or one-to-one tuition for those who need it
Innovative use of ICT, both in the classroom and linking the classroom and home.
Started Cockshut Hill Technology College
Began my secondary school years in 2005 at Cockshut Hill Technology College in Yardley
The headteacher who took over the school after it had been judged by Ofsted to have Serious Weaknesses and led the school to successful re-inspection in March 2006 had left the school in 2007, resulting in a new headteacher
Took KS3 SATs exam
I took my year 9 SATs exam test. I was the last year to have to officially take the KS3 SATs exams.
SATs exams scrapped
Following a series of issues regarding the marking of National Curriculum Tests, the national tests were abolished for Key Stage 3 in 2008.
OFSTED issued an 'inadequate' status
The first OFSTED inspection since the previous headteacher left had come back to report that the school is 'inadequate' and requires improvement
OFSTED issued a 'satisfactory' status
A year after OFSTED said the school requires improvement another inspection was carried out and the report shows that the school improved but was still classes as 'satisfactory'
Took my GCSEs at Cockshut Hill Technology College
Attended CTC Kingshurst Academy
Started my Post-16 International Baccalaureate course at CTC Kingshurst Academy.
Passed the International Baccalaureate at CTC Kingshurst
I passed the IB with an overall points score of 26.
Tuition Fees rose to £9000
Following the Browne Review in 2010, the cap was controversially raised to £9,000 a year, sparking large student protests in London. A judicial review against the raised fees failed in 2012, and so the new fee system came into use that September.
Started Degree at University of Worcester
Started my Physical Geography and Ecology Course at the University of Worcester
Graduated from University of Worcester
Graduated with a 2:1 in BSc Physical Geography and Ecology
Started SKE course at University of Wolverhampton
Began an SKE course in Computer Science due to my degree being in a different subject
Started PGCE at University of Wolverhampton
After completing my SKE course I began my PGCE Secondary course in Computer Science