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Special Collections: Inner London Education Authority

The Special Collections at UCL Institute of Education Library contain a wide range of resources, including books and material from the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA).

The Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) started life in 1965 as a special committee of the Greater London Council. Following its abolition in March 1990, a collection of books and audiovisual materials published by the ILEA Learning Resources Branch was transferred to the Institute. The Library also holds a set of ILEA Research and Statistics Branch reports from 1980 to 1990, which cover a wide range of topics, such as truancy, minority languages, special needs and examination results.

Access is on a reference only basis and by prior arrangement with the Special Collections Librarian. To arrange an appointment, please contact the Institute of Education Library in the first instance.

UCL Institute of Education Archives

Part of UCL Special Collections, the UCL Institute of Education Archives consists of deposited and donated archive collections. Material ranges in date from the late 18th century to the present day. The collections have a broad coverage of research data, policy, practice, and thought in education. They provide a rich resource for the study of education and wider social policy worldwide and cover all levels from pre-school to higher education in formal and alternative settings.

UCL Records look after UCL’s institutional archive, books and other printed material connected with UCL’s history. The institutional archive consists of UCL’s records from its foundation in 1826 to the present day. Collected material includes architectural drawings, card indexes, governance records, staff and student files, and records of general administration.

Archive collections relevant to the study of education and policy include:

Historical Sources for UK Statistics

The UCL Institute of Education Library has a good collection of historic education material, which can be found in the Official Publications print collection and is findable on UCL Explore

Key bodies for provision of UK statistics in the national history of education are:

  • Education Department, 1856-1899.
  • Board of Education, 1899-1944.
  • Ministry of Education, 1944-1964.
  • Department of Education and Science, 1964-1992.
  • Department for Education, 1992-1995.
  • Department for Education and Employment, 1995-2001.
  • Department of Education and Skills, 2001-2007.
  • Department for Children, Schools and Families, 2007-2010.
  • Department for Education, 2010-.

For statistics relating to Education in London, refer to:

  • School Board for London, 1870-1903.
  • London County Council, 1904-1965.
  • ILEA (Inner London Education Authority), 1965-1990.