chapter  5
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The sixth-form curriculum, 1944-68

The reform of external examinations was in the air long before 1947. The Norwood Committee suggested abolishing them altogether before the age of 18, and introducing two quite separate sixth-form examinations-one to select university scholars and one to provide a genuine leaving certificate. Early reactions suggested that the advice might be followed. But the proposals announced in 1947 and put into operation four years later involved a less radical change.