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.

2007–2010: The Final Part of the New Labour Project

2007–2010: The Final Part of the New Labour Project

2007–2010: The final part of the new labour project
  • Development of a Children's Plan
  • Introduction of an integrated system
  • Raising standards
  • Post-14 reform


In this chapter we will focus on the final part of the New Labour project as Tony Blair is replaced by Gordon Brown as Prime Minister in June 2007. The handover of power brought to an end one of the longest running sagas in recent British political history. Prior to 2007 there had been intense speculation about the date when Blair would stand down as Prime Minister. For a number of years there had been an ongoing dispute between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown who had been Chancellor of the Exchequer since the election of the Labour government ...

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