Schooling in Britain

  • Pat Young
Part of the Macmillan Master Series book series (MMSS)


Education is an important aspect of society from the point of view of the whole society and of the individual. In terms of society, education is a major consumer of public expenditure. The 1983–4 figure for public expenditure on education and science, arts and libraries was £15 881 million.1 To some extent, education determines the future of society, providing the next generation of adults with abilities and skills. The significance of education to individuals is demonstrated by the strength of even older people’s memories of their school-days. Education is also linked to the kind of work a person can do, and therefore has an effect on an individual’s income and life-style.


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