What have been the defining characteristics, trends and changes of Britain’s post-war public policy? Developments in British Public Policy provides a comprehensive review of all the key public policy sectors in contemporary British Politics today. Each chapter is written by a leading authority on each policy sector, and includes definitions of key terms, examples and case studies, questions for discussion, and suggestions for further reading. It will be essential reading for all students of contemporary British public policy and will serve as an ideal companion to Policy-Making in Britain: An Introduction.

Education Policy

Education policy


Despite recurring talk of crisis and a remarkably negative image in large and influential sections of the popular media, it needs to be recorded at the outset that the story of state education in Britain since the end of the Second World War is one of considerable advance. Before 1945, nearly 90 per cent of young people left school to enter the labour market at the age of 14, having largely attended ‘all-age’ 5-to-14 elementary schools; very few older students were entered for public examinations; and less than 5 per cent of 18- or 19-year-olds went into some form or other of higher education. Today, by contrast, all young people are entitled to 11 years of full-time state education from 5 to ...

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