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The particular strength of this book is Geoff Whitty's grasp on and insights into the politics of education... he is able to bring to bear an authoritative perspective which is unrivaled in the United Kingdom. there is no other current book which compares in terms of the breadth and depth of this' - Professor Stephen Ball, Institute of Education, University of London This book aims to make sense of the changes in education policy over the past decade, using the resources of the sociology and politics of education. The author shows that wider sociological perspectives can help us to appreciate both the limits and the possibilities of educational change. Geoff Whitty illustrates this through studies of curriculum innovation, school choice, teacher professionalism and school improvement. He considers how far education policy can be used to foster social inclusion and social justice and the book concludes with an assessment of New Labour education policy in these terms. The book deals with education policy in England and Wales, as well as making comparisons with contemporary education policy in other countries. This book is relevant to students of education at masters and doctoral levels, students of social policy, and policy-makers.

School Improvement and Social Inclusion: Limits and Possibilities1
School improvement and social inclusion: Limits and possibilities

This chapter begins with a recognition that, while the strong correlation between school failure and social disadvantage does not determine educational outcomes for particular individuals, its significance for education policy can hardly be overstated. It explores various attempts to counter social disadvantage through education and argues that education policy alone is unlikely to achieve the outcomes sometimes expected of it. The chapter then provides an assessment of how far New Labour's attempts at tackling social exclusion through ‘joined up government’ in England have gone towards developing policies that are likely to be effective in bucking the prevailing trends of the past century.

There is long-standing – and continuing – evidence that, ...

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