Originally published in 1973, the nature of the sixth form and the objectives of sixth-form schooling were important issues
in the field of education at the time. The author here provides a searching analysis of the changing structure and composition
of the sixth form. He surveys the continued expansion in sixth-form numbers and suggests ways in which the curriculum could
be improved. He examines critically a number of myths about the actual practice of sixth-form education, and considers the
case for sixth-form `blocks' or colleges. In a final chapter the author discusses the mechanism of change in this crucial
area of education.