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Brereton, Joseph Lloyd, 1901-1977 (Secretary of UCLES)



  • Existence: 1901-09-02 - 1977-11-07


Joseph Lloyd Brereton was born on 02 September 1901. He was the grandson of the educational reformer of the same name (1822-1901), who had founded Cavendish College, Cambridge, a ‘public hostel’ of the University.

Brereton was educated at Barnard Castle School and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. After teaching at Repton School, he joined UCLES as Assistant Secretary of the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES) in 1926. Brereton’s report “The Case for Examinations” (1944) was published shortly after the 1943 Norwood Report, which recommended replacing external examinations with internal exams set by teachers. Although he was the Junior Assistant Secretary Brereton succeeded Walter Nalder Williams as Secretary of UCLES in 1945. He retired in October 1961.

Brereton held the Leon Research Fellowship at the University of London from October 1961 to August 1962. The study undertaken during this time, as well as during a further 8 months after the fellowship had ended, were published as the report "Exams: Where Next?" (1965).

Brereton emigrated to British Columbia, Canada with his second wife in the early 1960s. He died on 11 November 1977.

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Papers of Joseph Lloyd Brereton, 1942 - 1964

Reference Code: GBR/2086/UCLES/PP/JLB
Scope and Contents

These papers comprise largely of business correspondence and include the 1964 publication, 'Exams; Where Next?'

Dates: 1942 - 1964