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Education Policy

Education Policy

November 2012 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'A splendid read. Via interviews with several Secretaries of State for Education and a supporting analytical commentary, Education Policy provides a fascinating insight and historical appraisal of English policy rationale'
-Dr David Kitchener, Reader in Education, University of Bolton

'This book should be compulsory reading, not only for people interested in the history of education policy but also for policy makers, to remind them of what has gone before'
-Dr Andrew Townsend, University of Nottingham

From Butler to Balls and beyond, this essential book illuminates educational issues in England and Wales since WWII, drawing on extensive documentary evidence. Inside you will find in-depth interviews with former Secretaries of State for Education and other key decision-makers, including:

- Ed Balls

- David Blunkett

- Michael Gove

- Alan Johnson

- Ruth Kelly

The interviews cover the historical context of their period of office and the lasting legacy of their policies.

This is a must-read for Masters-level students on Education courses and PGCE programmes, and will be valuable to undergraduates studying modern history and social policy.

Ian Abbott is Director of the Warwick Institute of Education.

Mike Rathbone was previously Director of Continuing Professional Development in the Institute of Education.

Phil Whitehead is the course leader for the secondary PGCE (Teach First).

All are at the University of Warwick.

1944-1960: The Post-War Consensus: Education for All?
1960-1969: A Decade of Social and Legislative Innovation
1970-1979: The Breakdown of Consensus
1979-1987: Introduction of Competition into Education
1988-1992: Education Reform: A Period of Turbulence
1992-1997: Education Practice under the Microscope
1997-2001: The First Labour Government since 1979
2001-2007: The Second Phase of the Labour Government
2007-2010: The Final Part of the New Labour Project

This as been a useful book for me to build my teaching resources from. I definitely consider this a good resource for lecture preparation.

Dr Sana Rizvi
Education and Early Childhood Studies, Liverpool John Moores University
February 18, 2022

Very current, well written and helps with module requirements

Miss Helen Thornalley
Education, St Mary's University, Twickenham
October 22, 2016

A very accessible text for newcomers to the study of education policy

Miss Caroline Ann Meredith
Department of Education Studies, Bishop Grosseteste University
June 23, 2016

It fits in nicely with our first year module 'Education and Social Policy'

Dr Alexander Kosogorin
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
May 20, 2016

Gives a detailed history of education policy and reforms in the UK, written in an interesting and engaging way.

Mrs Samantha Smith
HSCFL, South Devon College
April 19, 2016

This book in accompanying the reading for the module Context and Policy for Children.

Mrs Alison Milner
HSCFL, South Devon College
June 15, 2015

This supported my study on a critical education module, excellent. Current information on education policy. Very useful.

Mrs Joanne Heyes
Educational Foundations , Riverside College Halton
October 10, 2015

Really good overview of educational policy. Very accessible and useful at M level and beyond.

Ms Louise Lambert
Faculty of Education, Birmingham City University
February 24, 2015

A very good textbook covering the essentials of education policy.

Mr Peter Hill
School of Business and Social Sciences, Roehampton University
August 13, 2014

An excellent source for the exploration of the timeline of educational policy.

Ms Melody Harrogate
EHS, Derby univeristy
July 8, 2014

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