150 years of education for all |

Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming Rushen Heritage Trust Lecture Season.

Professor Angela W. Little will present “One Hundred and Fifty Years of ‘Education for All'”.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Isle of Man Public Primary Education Act 1872, which introduced compulsory education to the island – eight years before England and Wales – and transferred control of education from the church to the state.

It paved the way for improving the quantity and quality of teachers, abolishing school fees, and expanding an independent education system.

In her presentation, Professor Little will explore the issues surrounding the introduction of the law in relation to the island as a whole, with particular reference to the parish of Rushen.

The conference will take place at the Erin Arts Center on Monday, March 7 from 7:30 p.m.

Professor Little is Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Education at University College London, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and former President of the British Association of International and Comparative Education. She was educated at Rushen Primary School and Castle Rushen Secondary School and wrote the education chapter in the Rushen Heritage Trust’s 2019 book, Living with the Sea, which tells the story development of Port St Mary between 1829 and 1979.

Conference tickets cost £5 (£4 for Friends of Rushen Heritage Trust) and are available at the Erin Arts Centre, Erin News and Bridge Bookshop in Port Erin.

Erin Arts Center encourages visitors to wear masks if they wish and to use the hand sanitizer provided.

The trust recommends doing a lateral flow test before attending the conference.

For more details, contact John Quirk at [email protected] or 464634.

Professor Angela W. Little will present “One Hundred and Fifty Years of ‘Education for All'”.

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