The conscience clause was an important term
in education in England throughout much of the 19th century. In this context, it referred to permitting
parents of schoolchildren to withdraw them from Church of England worship services or
other school activities that violated the parents’ religious principles.==Further reading==
Hubbard, John Gellibrand; Trevor, George (1866). The Conscience Clause in 1866 . London: Joseph
Masters. Oakley, John (1866). “The Conscience Clause”: its history . London:
William Ridgway. Bickersteth, Edward (1867). The conscience clause: a letter to His Grace
the Duke of Marlborough . London: Rivingtons.