Do you find it difficult to keep up with the pace of change in education policy? This essential book takes an historical perspective to illuminate current educational issues. The authors draw on documentary evidence to describe, record and analyze education policy in England and Wales since the Second World War.

Inside you will find in-depth interviews with a number of former Education Ministers, and others who were directly involved in the development and implementation of education policy. Key decision-makers such as David Blunkett, Ed Balls and Michael Gove are asked to discuss the historical context of their period of office and to consider the lasting legacy of the policies they have been responsible for.

This is a must-read for graduate students in education courses. It will be a valuable resource to undergraduates studying modern history and social policy, as well as international students who wish to gain an insight of the English education system. From Butler to Balls and beyond, this book provides a unique insight into the impact and legacy of education policy.

1997–2010: Blair and Beyond

1997–2010: Blair and Beyond
1997–2010: Blair and beyond


After 18 years of Conservative government the electorate were ready for a change and a new beginning. The voters had become disillusioned with the Major government and 1997 saw the election of the first Labour government since 1979 with a landslide victory. The theme song of Labour's election campaign was ‘Things Can Only Get Better’, which was an apt summary of the mood of the country at the time of the election. The Labour Party won the 1997 general election with 419 seats and a majority in the House of Commons of 179 seats. This was 33 more than the majority enjoyed by Atlee's 1945 election landslide and it was based on a record 10 per cent swing ...

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