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1988–1992: Education Reform: A Period of Turbulence
1988–1992: Education reform: A period of turbulence
Introduction

Throughout its period in office from 1979 the Conservative government had been determined to make significant changes to what was seen as a failing education system. This chapter is concerned with the final two years of Margaret Thatcher's term as Prime Minister (1988–90) and the first two years in office of John Major (1990–2).

The political background and the school and college context is reviewed, followed by a discussion of the Education Secretaries, Kenneth Baker (1986–9), John MacGregor (1989–90) and Kenneth Clarke (1990–2) and the policies they developed.

The Education Reform Act (ERA) of 1988 is considered in some detail. It was the culmination ...

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