chapter  4
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A 1900-1918 The importance of 'secondary' education as represented by the higher grade schools was gradually being forced on the attention of politicians and administrators. In his Special Reports on Educational Subjects in 1898, Robert Morant, then Assistant Director of the Office of Special Inquiries and Reports of the Education Department, concluded by saying,

'Surely it is not too much to hope that England may yet learn to value and to create for herself a true and complete organization of her schools, not merely of her primary education, but also of that most valuable asset of the national welfare-her middle and higher schools . . . Thus, and thus only, can each and every school, and each and every grade of education, have its due share of national interest and assistance, and be enabled to pay its due part in national development' (1).