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Percival, James – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2017
Contemporary Conservative education policy may seem to be hastily formulated and executed, but, it is arguably founded on deeply held ideological beliefs. By briefly examining the history of the British Conservative party and its complex formation and disparate ideological traditions, including the broader conservative diaspora, four key…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Social Systems, Policy Analysis, Ideology
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Wiborg, Susanne – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2017
This article investigates how vested interests, particularly the teacher unions, responded to the British Labour government's school reforms designed to increase educational equality. Two significant reforms introduced to this end were Circular 10/65 on comprehensive education and the Learning and Skills Act of 2000 on the City Academies. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Equal Education, Educational Change, Educational Policy
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Dean, Charlotte – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2016
This article presents a policy analysis of the UK Government's Academies programme and explores the impact that this might have on young people who have become disengaged from the mainstream education system and are thus educated in "alternative provision" (AP) settings. It argues that the academisation proposals curtail some of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Nontraditional Education, Access to Education
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Hatcher, Richard – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2015
This article critically examines the Labour Party's policies for local school systems, focusing on its proposals for regional Directors of School Standards, for academies and free schools, and for local democracy, and offers an alternative approach.
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Change, Position Papers, Conflict
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Lichman, Keith – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2014
David Blunkett's "Review of Education Structures" for the Labour Party recognises that there is a chaotic and unsatisfactory situation in the English education system but its response is ambiguous and self-contradictory. Its proposals seek to normalise and regulate rather than remedy a system in which lack of democratic accountability,…
Descriptors: Politics of Education, Educational Policy, Accountability, Admission (School)
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Morby, Adam – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2014
Various sociological frameworks strongly suggest that recent changes to the English literature GCSE syllabus content will have a detrimental effect on those individuals who come from an environment with few sources of educationally exchangeable literary and linguistic cultural capital. In an attempt to provide a more sociological position from…
Descriptors: English Literature, Educational Change, Exit Examinations, Secondary School Curriculum
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Harris, Richard – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2014
This article examines the minefield that now surrounds admissions starting with a comparison of the relatively easy system of the 1950s and early 1960s and the complexity of multiple admission authorities of today. Taking evidence from a range of agencies, including government official bodies, and admission issues, the article aims to show that a…
Descriptors: Admission (School), School Choice, Admission Criteria, Evidence
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Fisher, Trevor – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2012
Following his previous article in this journal on the centralisation of power in English education post the 1988 Education Reform Act ("The Era of Centralisation", "FORUM", 50[2], pp. 255-261), the author considers the apparent turn to school autonomy central to the Conservative Educational Revolution. He argues that the power…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Government School Relationship, Centralization, Politics of Education
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Berry, Jon – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2012
This article argues that one of the central paradoxes of neo-liberalism is currently being played out in the UK Coalition Government's education policy. Rhetoric that talks of freedoms to be enjoyed by schools and teachers is at variance with a centrally imposed, reductive view of the curriculum, continuing high-stakes scrutiny and the forcing of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Politics of Education, Political Attitudes, Political Influences
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Mortimore, Peter – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2011
Recent governments have transformed the English education system from an arrangement of local, democratically managed, groups of schools into a market free-for-all in which individual schools compete for pupils, status and resources. Elements of a market exist in the relationship between parents and private schools but much market behaviour is…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Commercialization, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis
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Downes, Peter – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2011
The author, a former headteacher and now a county councillor, argues that the structural changes to the education system put in place in the first weeks of the new government in the summer of 2010 will exacerbate the gap between the highest and lowest achieving schools, will destabilise the state-funded education system, will expose it to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Commercialization, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis
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Benn, Melissa – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2010
In this article the author offers a few interim thoughts on how those of us campaigning for a comprehensive future should think about, and publicly respond to, the education policies of the current Coalition government and the new direction of the Labour Party. (Contains 1 note.)
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Policy Analysis, Politics of Education, Political Attitudes
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Simmons, Katy – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2010
This article was originally presented at a seminar run by the Secondary Umbrella Group on the theme of "A Review of Labour's Achievement: Where next for secondary education?" It looks at the struggle of one secondary school and its local community to improve educational opportunities and life chances for its students. The author, a…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Educational Change, Educational Opportunities, Politics of Education
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Yarker, Patrick – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2009
This article, which draws heavily on the Sutherland Inquiry report into the delivery of National Curriculum testing in 2008, outlines important aspects of the failure that year to report test-scores on time, considers the extent to which ministers might have been held more accountable and reviews the state of the long struggle to replace the…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Student Evaluation, Testing, Testing Problems
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Ylonen, Annamari – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2009
This article examines the changing nature of comprehensive schooling in Finland since the 1990s and focuses on analysing the impact of the changes on equity and equality of opportunity. Comparisons are made between the development of "school markets" in the south of the country and the situation in the north of the country where the case…
Descriptors: Municipalities, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Equal Education
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