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.

2001–2007: The Second Phase of the Labour Government

2001–2007: The second phase of the labour government
  • The introduction of Academy schools
  • Building Schools for the Future
  • Every Child Matters
  • The Tomlinson Report

Introduction

In this chapter we will consider the second phase of the Labour government from 2001 to 2007. This will include their second term of office and part of the third term following the general election victory in 2005 up to the resignation of Tony Blair and the appointment of Gordon Brown as Prime Minister in 2007.

Following the re-election of the Labour government in 2001 the emphasis on raising educational standards and developing diversity of provision continued. In the second term the emphasis shifted slightly from the primary to the secondary sector, although there was a desire to build ...

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