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.

1997–2001: The First Labour Government Since 1979

1997–2001: The First Labour Government Since 1979
1997–2001: The first labour government since 1979
Introduction

After 18 years of Conservative government 1997 saw the election of a Labour government with a large majority in Parliament who were committed to education. The new Prime Minister Tony Blair had responded when asked about his priorities for his new administration by replying ‘education, education, education’. Given the huge parliamentary majority of the Labour government almost any education reform was possible. Among education professionals there was widespread support for the new government and there was a genuine mood of optimism and of a new beginning after many years of Conservative government. This was the start of a new era ...

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