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Alan Johnson, the former Education Secretary, on 140 years of English education through the prism of one school - St Michael and All Angels in Camberwell.

Alan Johnson, the former Education Secretary, tells the story of English education over almost 140 years through the prism of one school - St Michael and All Angels in Camberwell, South London.

Over the decades, the school has undergone several transformations, and changes in name , in response to changes in policy, but its purpose has remained constant - to provide decent and free education to local children.

The story is told through original documents – from headmasters’ logs and inspection reports – and the testimony of the children and teachers who went there. It is as much a social history of inner-city life through the generations as it is a study of our attempts to educate the children from some of the most deprived families.

Presenter: Alan Johnson
Producer: Sara Parker.
Executive Producer: Samir Shah

A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4

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