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ERIC Number: ED374622
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Markets, Competition and Vulnerability: Some Effects of Recent Legislation on Children with Special Educational Needs.
Evans, Jennifer; Lunt, Ingrid
The emphasis in recent British educational legislation (primarily the 1988 Education Act) has been on the creation of an "internal market" to stimulate improvements in educational outcomes and provide efficiency and accountability. The internal market mechanism allows schools to manage their own budgets and personnel and to create competition by extending parental choice of schools. The creation of a market system within education will increasingly disadvantage pupils with special educational needs. The notion of equality of educational opportunity has been sacrificed for a system where over-subscribed schools have the power to choose pupils and less popular schools have to accept those pupils rejected by other schools. Special needs children may be less attractive to schools competing for pupils to enhance their test score rankings. Four annual surveys have been conducted since 1989 on the impact of Local Management of Schools and other aspects of recent legislation on provision for pupils with special educational needs. Their findings indicate that the pressures of reduced central funding and increased demands on schools to demonstrate good results has meant that more pupils than ever are being given Statements of Special Educational Needs (SEN), who receive some services from the local education authority. There is a lack of clarity and a fragmentation of responsibilities for children with SEN. (Contains 28 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Act 1981 (England); Education Reform Act 1988 (England)