Category Archives: Education Policy

The Neoliberal Approach to Education Reform

Stephen Ball argues that there are four central mechanisms through which neoliberalism has transformed the British education system (these are also the mechanisms of public service reform more generally): Top down performance management Greater competitivenss and contestability Choice and voice … Continue reading

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The Prevent Agenda – Arguments For and Against

The Prevent Agenda is a recent social policy which requires schools (among other public bodies) to assist the government in preventing people from being drawn into terrorism, which is worth looking at because it’s relevant to several areas of the … Continue reading

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Grammar Schools – Arguments For and Against

Grammar schools have been in the news this week – Theresa May’s plans to reintroduce grammar schools is actually one of the most unpopular policies in her party  but despite this opposition, and more opposition from nearly everyone who knows anything … Continue reading

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Globalisation and Education

Globalisation refers to the increasing interconnectedness between societies across the globe. There are many dimensions to globalisation: – Economic globalisation is the globalisation of trade, production and consumption. Most of what we consume in the UK is produced and manufactured … Continue reading

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Postmodern and Late Modern Views of Education – A Summary

The Postmodernist View of Education  Postmodernists stand against universalising education systems – it there is no one truth, then it is not appropriate to have a one size fits all education system. Modernist education is oppressive to many students – … Continue reading

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Free Schools – Arguments and Evidence For and Against

  This is relevant to the educational policy aspect of the education topic within the sociology of education. What Are Free Schools? A Free School in England is a type of Academy, a non-profit-making, state-funded school which is free to … Continue reading

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