'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.
INTRODUCTION PART ONE: 1944-1979: POST-WAR CONSENSUS 1944-1960: The Post-War Consensus: Education for All? 1960-1969: A Decade of Social and Legislative Innovation 1970-1979: The Breakdown of Consensus PART TWO: 1979-1997: MARKETISATION AND COMPETITION 1979-1987: Introduction of Competition into Education 1988-1992: Education Reform: A Period of Turbulence 1992-1997: Education Practice under the Microscope PART THREE: 1997-2010: BLAIR AND BEYOND 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 2010 AND BEYOND: INTERESTING TIMES APPENDIX: TABLE OF MINISTERS/SECRETARIES OF STATE 1945-PRESENT