Coalition education policy: Thatcherism’s long shadow

Stevenson, Howard (2011) Coalition education policy: Thatcherism’s long shadow. FORUM for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 53 (2). pp. 179-194. ISSN 0963-8253

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Abstract

Coalition education policy threatens to transform the school system in England. A combination of public spending cuts, and the drive to making all schools Academies, represents a key moment in the restructuring of the education service along neo-liberal lines. This article argues that there is nothing distinctively ‘new’ about Coalition schools policy, but rather it represents a realisation of the ‘1988 project’ to break up and privatise state education in England. What took a major step forward in the form of the 1988 Education Reform Act is now reaching its logical conclusion in Coalition policy. This article identifies how such policy threatens to finally secure the dismantling of a democratic system by replacing it with a state-subsidised free market. The article also sets out the possibilities for a ‘coalition of resistance’ to emerge, capable of interrupting this latest and decisive stage in neo-liberal reform.

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Additional Information:Coalition education policy threatens to transform the school system in England. A combination of public spending cuts, and the drive to making all schools Academies, represents a key moment in the restructuring of the education service along neo-liberal lines. This article argues that there is nothing distinctively ‘new’ about Coalition schools policy, but rather it represents a realisation of the ‘1988 project’ to break up and privatise state education in England. What took a major step forward in the form of the 1988 Education Reform Act is now reaching its logical conclusion in Coalition policy. This article identifies how such policy threatens to finally secure the dismantling of a democratic system by replacing it with a state-subsidised free market. The article also sets out the possibilities for a ‘coalition of resistance’ to emerge, capable of interrupting this latest and decisive stage in neo-liberal reform.
Keywords:education policy
Subjects:L Social studies > L433 Education Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:4668
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Deposited On:23 Sep 2011 18:56
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