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1970–1979: The Breakdown of Consensus
1970–1979: The breakdown of consensus

This chapter will describe and examine the range of educational policies and issues prominent during the 1970s and will consider the contributions to education policy and practice of the Secretaries of State who held office from 1970 to 1979. Contributions from the four Secretaries of State – Margaret Thatcher, Reginald Prentice, Frederick Mulley and Shirley Williams – were extremely variable and reflected the length of office served by each, the agendas that each had to work with, and the demands of party, career and office.


The economic problems of the 1970s provided the background to ...

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