- Ian Abbott - University of Warwick, UK
- Michael Rathbone - University of Warwick, UK
- Phillip Whitehead - University of Warwick, UK
Do you find it difficult to keep up with the pace of change in education policy? This essential book takes an historical perspective to illuminate current educational issues. The authors draw on documentary evidence to describe, record and analyze education policy in England and Wales since the Second World War.
Inside you will find in-depth interviews with a number of former Education Ministers, and others who were directly involved in the development and implementation of education policy. Key decision-makers such as David Blunkett, Ed Balls and Michael Gove are asked to discuss the historical context of their period of office and to consider the lasting legacy of the policies they have been responsible for.
This is a must-read for graduate students in education courses. It will be a valuable resource to undergraduates studying modern history and social policy, as well as international students who wish to gain an insight of the English education system. From Butler to Balls and beyond, this book provides a unique insight into the impact and legacy of education policy.
'Everyone who has been to school has a view on education. For a chosen few, that experience can become a vision. Education Policy, via interviews with several Secretaries of State for Education and a supporting analytical commentary, provides a fascinating insight and historical appraisal of English policy rationale. A splendid read'
- Dr David Kitchener, Reader in Education, University of Bolton
'In charting the history of education policy this book acts as a reminder to all that the education policy of any given era does not exist in a vacuum, but rather that whilst it might promote a particular ideal of education it does so in a context with embedded traditions and beliefs derived from prior generations of policy. I think 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 this inheritance and of what has gone before'
-Dr Andrew Townsend, University of Nottingham
This as been a useful book for me to build my teaching resources from. I definitely consider this a good resource for lecture preparation.
Very current, well written and helps with module requirements
A very accessible text for newcomers to the study of education policy
It fits in nicely with our first year module 'Education and Social Policy'
Gives a detailed history of education policy and reforms in the UK, written in an interesting and engaging way.
This book in accompanying the reading for the module Context and Policy for Children.
This supported my study on a critical education module, excellent. Current information on education policy. Very useful.
Really good overview of educational policy. Very accessible and useful at M level and beyond.
A very good textbook covering the essentials of education policy.