Plowden 50th Anniversary

Children and their Primary Schools: The Plowden Report 50 Years On

The 1967 two-volume report of the Plowden Committee, 'Children and their Primary Schools' continues to be referred to as the most exhaustive expression of progressive educational policy and practice regarding the young child, promoted by any government in the 20th century. The 'Plowden Schools' were celebrated at the time in TV documentaries, in the print media and through the publications of visitors from overseas. A distinct philosophy which recognised the child at the centre of the educational process had developed in the post-war years and became articulated by leaders of the educational establishment including regional Chief Educational Officers, HMI, and head teachers. Teachers who trained during the immediate post-Plowden years were influenced by the recommendations of the report. Architects designing schools both contributed in the consultation of the committee and were encouraged to design school buildings that supported the variety of dispositions of learning identified by the report.

An event marking the 50th Anniversary of Plowden will take place at the NUT in London on Saturday 18 November 2017. If you would like to register to attend please use our Eventbrite link:

We would like to thank the Newsam Archives at Institute of Education, UCL for providing these images. 

The images show schools from various local education authorities including Bath, Brighton, Bristol, Devon, Manchester, and the West Riding of Yorkshire.