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What effect has two decades of intensive state direction and government involvement had on education?

Designed for Education Studies students who have probably grown up in this context of government intervention, this book deconstructs accepted notions and provides readers with the resources to discuss critically the role of the governments in education and schooling. The book examines government policy in a series of key areas, such as the curriculum, market forces, educational inequality, and race issues. Throughout, it considers the political and economic factors in education policy, introducing some of the fundamental concepts required to analyze the ideologies of education and the state. The authors explore the role of education policy in the context of the general direction of government policy, politics, and the economy, making links with other policy areas such as health, social services, home affairs, and foreign policy. They also explain the nature of government policy in terms of a globalization and the knowledge economy.

Specialist Schools and Academies
Specialist schools and academies

Two controversial New Labour initiatives were the development of specialist schools and the introduction of academies. Both were based on the belief that non-education sponsors – businesses and charity groups – add value to schools by bringing new energy enthusiasm and resources into the education system. This chapter discusses two possibilities:

  • Specialist schools and academies have undermined comprehensive principles and created a divided and hierarchal secondary education system.
  • They have been successful in tackling educational disadvantage and underachievement.
Specialist Schools

Specialist secondary schools developed from the Conservative government's city technology colleges (CTCs) which began in 1994. Labour built on the approach making models of sponsorship a part of their plan to raise standards in secondary education. The specialist school programme ...

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