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.

2010 and Beyond: Interesting Times

2010 and beyond: Interesting times
  • Academies and new types of school
  • Curriculum reform
  • Markets and marketisation
  • Deficit reduction


In this chapter we will look at the establishment of the Coalition government and the range of education policies that have been introduced since 2010. After the longest period of continuous government by the Labour Party between 1997 and 2010 the general election produced a historic and surprising outcome. After 13 years of Labour government the May 2010 general election failed to produce a conclusive result and the outcome, following a period of negotiation between the main political parties, was the first coalition government since the Second World War. At the beginning of this book we considered the legacy of the last coalition government, the 1944 Education ...

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