Tom Bennett

After Covid, it’s not surprising kids aren’t coming back to school

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The Education Act of 1880 made it compulsory for all children in the UK to attend school between the ages of 5 and 10. The 1918 Education Act saw that rise to 14; in 1944 it went to 15. In 1972, the age crept up to 16, and finally in a gasp of heroic ambition, 2013 saw it hit 18 for full time education.

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Tom Bennett

Tom Bennett OBE is the DfE advisor on school behaviour, the founder of researchED, and a Professor of School Behaviour at Academica University. He was a teacher for 14 years, and currently lives in Scotland.

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