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Devolved Education? Policy in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Devolved education? policy in scotland, wales and northern ireland
Mark MurphyAnna Beck

Introduction

Since devolution in the late 1990s, education policy has diverged across the four home nations. This is not surprising for a number of reasons, one of the more significant ones being that the political system has diverged. As Gareth Rees points out (2011, p.58), the Conservative party is essentially an English party in their capacity to win seats. The Conservative party is essentially a spent force in Scotland, and the politics of Wales and Northern Ireland have their own historical debates that set them apart from England. As in most policy arenas, localism has a strong part to play in the education system, with a ...

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