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SPEARING, Nigel (b 1930)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0366 NS
Held at: Institute of Education
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Full title: SPEARING, Nigel (b 1930)
Date(s): 1962-2002
Level of description: collection
Extent: 2 boxes
Name of creator(s): Spearing | Nigel | b 1930 | politician
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1930; Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith; national service in the Royal Signals; attended St Catherine's College Cambridge, 1953-1956; tutor at Wandsworth School, 1956-1968 (Senior Geography Master, 1967-1968); Director of the Thameside Research and Development Group, Institution of Community Studies, 1968-1969; Housemaster at Elliot School, Putney, 1969-1970; Chairman of the Barons Court Labour Party, 1961-1963; contested Warwick and Leamington as a Labour candidate,1964; sat on the Hammersmith Local Government Committee of the Labour Party, 1966-1968; co-opted member of the Greater London Council (GLC) Planning and Transport Committees, 1966-1973; elected MP for Acton, 1970-1974 and Newham South, 1974-1997; Secretary of the Parliamentary Labour Party Education Group, 1971-1974.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Nigel Spearing relating to education and government, 1962-2002, including files on educational provision for children with special needs, 1960s-1970s; educational reconstruction, 1979-1980; Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) reorganisation (especially relating to the amalgamation of Holland Park, Isaac Newton and Ladbroke schools, 1980-1981); examination reform, 1978 and the Socialist Educational Association (SEA), 1990s.

Annotated published government sources on educational matters, including briefing papers, draft bills, Hansard and related press cuttings on topics including: the comprehensive system, 1965; London education, 1972; the Education (No. 2) Bill, 1980; assisted places, 1980; the abolition of the HMI, 1991; and school governing bodies, 1999.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Original order.

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of Reader Application Form.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A reader wishing to publish any quotation of information, including pictorial, derived from any archive material must apply in writing for prior permission from the Librarian or other appropriate person(s) as indicated by the Archivist. A limited number of photocopies may be supplied at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids:

Collection level description available on-line at the Institute of Education website

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Given by Nigel Spearing in March 2006.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Apr 2008

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