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1979–1997: Marketisation and Competition
1979–1997: Marketisation and competition

Looking back at the history of electioneering in the later half of the twentieth century it is evident that ‘education’ has been a significant factor in the election campaigns of all major parties and in the perceptions of the electorate (Ranson, 1985; Roberts, 2001).

For some politicians ‘education’ was always seen as a way of signalling their political intent, for example improving ‘social mobility’, emphasising ‘market forces’, etc., while for the majority of the electorate it was simply a means of improving the lot of their children.

Clearly the policies put in place over the years have reflected the culture and ethos of the times, so that the Education Act of 1944 was set within a rather different context from ...

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