This morning I will be talking about the Education System in England. Let me clarify that
I am not going to cover the whole United Kingdom just England. I imagine most of you have some idea about the topic so what I am going to do today is to review it.
I will be developing four main points. Firstly, I am going to present the structure of the department overseeing education in England and give some basic information on its organization. Secondly, I would like to give you an overview of the construction of the system of school and universities in England. Then I will talk about primary and secondary education. Finally, I want to show some basic information about universities and people working there or studying.
Let’s start with the authorities responsible for National Education. The system is overseen by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES). The Department for Education is in charge of issues affecting people in England up to the age of 19, including Child Protection and Education. Its secretary is Michael Grove.
Now, I would like to illustrate the structure of schooling in the UK. Let’s look at this table (see Attachment 1).
Education within the maintained school system (that is-financed by public funds) involves three phases, i.e. primary, secondary and tertiary education.
Compulsory schooling begins at the age of 5, and the minimum leaving age for all pupils is 16.Pupils may then continue their secondary school for a further two years (sixth form), leading most typically to A-levels. Then students normally enter universities from age 18 onwards, and study for an academic degree. The typical first degree offered is the Bachelor’s Degree and usually lasts for three years. Students who have completed a first degree are eligible to undertake a postgraduate degree, which might be: a Master Degree ( typically taken in one year,