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.

1945–1979: The Postwar Consensus

1945–1979: The Postwar Consensus
1945–1979: The postwar consensus


The end of the Second World War marked a period of massive social reforms in the creation of the welfare state which was established to end the absolute poverty and depression of the 1930s. It also marked the beginning of a huge increase in the role of the state in terms of the extension of state planning and collectivism, and the 1942 Beveridge Report introduced momentous changes in welfare, health and education which were aimed at reducing poverty. Although this was also a period of traumatic economic and social change there were high expectations of a new welfare world after the war and a great deal of optimism in all sectors of society. Between 1944 and the mid-1970s ...

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