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Whatever happened to Social Class?

In this piece Mathew Brown and Chris Carpenter explore how social difference was presented in Educational Policy under the Coalition Government and suggest that this can be located in previous administrations and are consistent with wider political imperatives. Introduction From the earliest times in modern civilisation people have organised themselves into sub-groups based on religious […]

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The Legacy of Michael Gove – the Fast Food Education System

After four turbulent years in charge, Michael Gove is no longer the Secretary of State for Education….In political terms, what Gove achieved in office was remarkable and makes him possibly the stand out minister of the coalition government. However, political success must not be confused with educational success. Thanks to his rush, instead of creating […]

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Master or Servant? The Error of Personalising Radical Unpopular Change in Schooling in England

To many in the teaching profession Michael Gove generates deep seated animosity. However, Andrew Lambirth, Professor of Education at the University of Greenwich, argues here that these feelings dangerously miss the point, and that teachers need to focus their attention far more heavily on the economy, not personality. Since the advent of the Conservative Party […]

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Beware of negative ‘IONs’

Policies in relation to children experiencing difficulty and/or disability have developed over the last thirty years through a set of exhortations or what we might now call ‘sound bites’ that have arisen from a set of reports, policies and guides. These exhortations tend to take the form of nouns ending in ‘ion’. If you put […]

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Critique is easy, offering solutions is the difficult bit

The reason the tests plus inspections model has lasted 25 years despite constant criticisms of the kind you’re making is that no one has managed to suggest a viable alternative. No Government of any political stripe is going to do anything other than tinker with the current model unless something concrete, implementable and politically viable […]

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