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Wrigley, Terry – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2015
This article examines the complex relationship between England's new National Curriculum and the neoliberal reform of education known as GERM. It explores contradictions between economic functionality and Gove's nostalgic traditionalism. It critiques the new curriculum as narrow, age-inappropriate, obsessed with abstract rules, and poorly focused…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Neoliberalism, Educational Change, Traditionalism
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Cooper, Tony – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2013
This article, an extract from the author's book "Head on the Block," describes how the purpose of the school examination system has changed such that now it is to evaluate the performance of teachers rather than the performance of their students. It highlights some of the negative effects of school league tables--in particular, how the…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement, Student Evaluation
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Alexander, Robin – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2012
This article examines the government's view, as revealed in its June 2012 National Curriculum proposals, of the purposes and character of the primary curriculum as a whole. The proposals are found to be deficient in a number of respects: in their naive, selective and inflated use of international evidence; in their treatment of aims as no more…
Descriptors: Evidence, National Curriculum, Academic Standards, Expertise
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Glatter, Ron – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2012
The relationship between academies, and school autonomy more generally, and the wider system is a crucial issue in the battle to improve school-level education. International experience indicates that emphasising choice and competition to drive improvement is not effective and that changing structures does not yield better results for students. A…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Policy, Educational Improvement, Foreign Countries
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Green, Andy – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2009
Income inequality has been rising in Britain for two decades and wealth is also more unequally distributed now than when New Labour first came to power. Various factors have contributed to this, including education which, according to the PISA 2006 data, has more unequal outcomes in the UK than in all but 2 of the 29 tested countries. Comparative…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Comparative Analysis, Foreign Countries, Outcomes of Education