Records of the Programme for Reform in Secondary Education (PRISE)

Scope and Content

Papers of the Chairman, George Varnava, including minutes 1982-1987, editions of PRISE News, 1976-1986, press cuttings, pamphlets, conference papers, memoranda, reports and some correspondence.

Administrative / Biographical History

This was established in 1975 as a pressure group campaigning for the principle of 'a fully comprehensive system of secondary education'. It held conferences, meetings and workshops, published pamphlets and a newsletter and participated in debates in the press and broadcast media. Among those influential educationists involved in the group's activities were Harry Rée, Maurice Kogan, Caroline Benn, Gabriel Chanan, Margaret Maden and Maurice Plaskow. It officially wound up its activities in 1994.

Access Information


Open, subject to signature of Reader Application Form.

Acquisition Information

Given by George Varnava in 1998.

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