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Adults Learning, 2009
There is consensus across the three main parties that adult learning, in all its forms, matters. As the Government publishes its White Paper on informal adult learning, this article asks what the three main parties think needs to be done about it. John Denham, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, argues that by working in…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Lifelong Learning, Innovation, Adult Learning
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Martin, Jane – Gender and Education, 2013
This article explores feminist interventions in urban school politics. First, it argues that the female contribution was an essential component to politics and policy making in the 120-year period that London had a single education authority. Second, it suggests that these women politicians were advocates of a cultural praxis that involved…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Females, Feminism, Gender Issues
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Lawn, Martin – European Educational Research Journal, 2013
The idea of a system of education has never been fully accepted in England. A more realistic translation of the realities of English education is that of systems of education, folded inside each other. Although it is possible to outline the building blocks of a national system (primary, secondary, further and higher), the political, spatial and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Education, Systems Approach, Educational History
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Maguire, Sue – Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 2013
This paper considers the rationale for introducing the raising of the participation age (RPA) in learning in England from 2013 and assesses how, if fully implemented, it could contribute to improving the outcomes for young people who do not participate in any form of post-16 education, employment or training, and are currently defined as not in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Adults, Federal Legislation, Compulsory Education
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Hollins, Martin – School Science Review, 2013
This article charts some of the most notable ways in which the science curriculum has changed over the past 50 years and identifies the influence of members of the Association for Science Education (ASE) in both projects and policy developments. The world is different from that of 50 years ago but there are continuing issues about the teaching,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Educational Change
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Gillard, Derek – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2013
Amid the horrors of the Second World War, a group of Board of Education officials met to plan a new public education system which would be fair to and free for all. In the seventy years since then, successive governments have not only failed to live up to their vision but have increasingly sought to interfere with the teaching and learning process…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Education, Educational Change, Access to Education
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Brockmann, Michaela; Clarke, Linda; Winch, Christopher – Journal of Education and Work, 2010
This paper highlights critical shortcomings in the approach to apprenticeship in England and argues that the proposed Apprenticeship Framework is unlikely to fulfil its stated aims of enhancing quality and quantity. The key weaknesses identified are a clear definition of what constitutes an apprenticeship framework, an educational component,…
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Comparative Education
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Woodin, Tom; McCulloch, Gary; Cowan, Steven – British Educational Research Journal, 2013
The raising of the participation age (RPA) to 17 in 2013 and 18 in 2015 marks a historic expansion of compulsory education. Despite the tendency of New Labour governments to eschew historical understanding and explanation, RPA was conceived with the benefit of an analysis of previous attempts to extend compulsion in schooling. This paper assesses…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Compulsory Education
Imison, Tamsyn, Ed.; Heilbronn, Ruth, Ed.; Williams, Liz, Ed. – Trentham Books, 2013
Schools in England are radically changing their organization and governance, casting aside the founding principle of the 1944 Education Act that education is a public service and abandoning the ideal of education as nurturing a sense of community. This book presents a portrait of a successful comprehensive school, between the years 1980 and 2000.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation
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Fisher, Trevor – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2008
In a "FORUM" article published in 2005 (Volume 47, Nos 2 & 3, see EJ736851) Terry Wrigley argued that "Another school is possible". The article prompted Trevor Fisher to respond explaining why, in his view, the centralising thrust of the 1988 Education Reform Act, the shift in power relationships, the politicisation of…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Federal Legislation, Centralization, Educational Policy
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Ainley, Patrick – Journal of Education Policy, 2004
This paper argues that changes at all levels of education and training (i.e., learning) policy exemplify a new capitalist state formation. This has been aptly named by US political scientist Philip Bobbitt (2002) "the new market-state", particularly with reference to its administration or "governance". It can be seen especially…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Power Structure
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Bryans, Trevor – Early Child Development and Care, 1985
Highlights pertinent legislation in England over the past 40 years with regard to children with special education needs. Distinguishes the political relationships between legislation and practice, and policy and delivery, giving particular reference to the role and functions of educational psychologists. (DT)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Educational Legislation, Educational Psychology