"Under our excellent system of compulsory education"

William Forster MP
Public DomainWilliam Forster MP

In 1870, William Forster MP drafted the Elementary Education Act. This was the first ever piece of legislation to make schooling compulsory for all children aged between 5 and 12 in England. School boards were established to provide schools in all areas where there were not sufficient numbers of buildings to cope with the need. Stevie would have been among the first generation of children to benefit.