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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

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

Useful book to support the development of student teacher's understanding of current policy and the history. Explanations of how we are we we are.

Mrs Catherine Carden
POINTED, Canterbury Christ Church University
May 22, 2014

This is a very well written and researched book and provides a thorough history of education in England, and provides an interesting context for the current changes in policy.
It will serve as a very useful resource for students in illustrating the contexts for change, for them to situate policies within the wider scale and use as the starting point for more in-depth study of the curriculum.

Dr Jim Clack
Department of Primary Education, Bedfordshire University
April 25, 2014

This is a really useful text; the inclusion of interview material with different Education Secretaries works extremely well as a key feature.

Mr Graham Bright
Faculty of Education & Theology, York St John University College
March 25, 2014

Clear timeline on education policy - easy to understand

Mrs Ursula Quick
School of Social Sciences and Law, University of Teesside
March 24, 2014

comprehensive history of the educational landscape up until present time; explains why the curriculum is shaped as it is. Good for PGCE students and their curriculum understanding.

Mrs Marcia Dewar
Sch of Education & Prof Development, Huddersfield University
February 19, 2014

This text book will hep students at all level who are interested in policy-making and in policies in general to understand the development of education policy in the post war years. This book is a great addition to the existing ones.

Ms Eva Mikuska
Childhood Studies (Bishop Otter), Chichester University
December 12, 2013

This book will serve as a key piece of reading for Postgraduate students. Undergraduate students, especially of Education Studies, will benefit mainly from the case studies of the Secretaries of States for Education.
This is an impressive and important text for background reading within education policy research

Mr Lewis Stockwell
School of Education, Hertfordshire University
November 20, 2013

A very readable book introducing education policy. Useful for dipping into to find out about some specific changes.

Mrs Jane Boothman
Education, South Gloucestershire & Stroud College
November 14, 2013

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