Education across the United Kingdom 1944-2017 : local government, accountability and partnerships

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  • Creator Robert McCloy, editor
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource
  • ISBNs 9783319899176, 3319899171, 9783319899169, 3319899163
  • OCLC on1052566314


  • This book provides a comprehensive understanding of how education has developed over the last 70 years within the United Kingdom. As education in Wales and Scotland continues to develop following increasing devolution, the contributors draw from personal accounts and practical experience to provide a comparison and evaluation of these differences. A critical stage in the history of education has been reached, particularly in light of the decision for Britain to leave the European Union: the authors explore the emergent fault lines and identify practical reforms. While this book will undoubtedly be of interest to educational historians, it will also be a valuable reference point for educationalists, practitioners and politicians. The contributors unpick the larger role of education in the United Kingdom and propose practical ways forward amid a time of crisis.


  • Includes index.


  • Intro; Preface; Editorial Commentary; Acknowledgements; Contents; Notes on Contributors; 1 They Knew Not Whither They Travelled: A Tour d' Horizon; Illusion and Reality; A History in Three Phases; Beyond These Islands; A United Kingdom Analysis; Phase 1: 1945-1979; They Never Had It So Good; It All Starts Falling Apart: The First Revolution; Phase 2: 1979-1997; Phase 3: 1997 to the Present; Assessment; Bibliography; 2 Partnership and Confidence 1944-1979; Part 1: Vagrant Student; The Promise of a Better World; Much of the Thinking Had Been Around for a Long Time; The Essence of the New Order
  • Current RealitiesA 'Liberal' Settlement; Unfinished Business; As Viewed Imperfectly at the Time; Part 2: Neophyte Administrator; Earning a Crust; Part 3: Administrator; All Is Flux: Reorganization of Local Government and Education; A Fortuitous Move; A Ghost Prowled the Corridors of Shire Hall; Bluish Political Realities; Making Haste Slowly; A Gentle Quest for Consensus; Compromise Solutions in the North; Braver Plans in the Border Country; The Village College: A Script Rewritten; Changes in the South; Procrastination Could Not Be Sustained; New Realism: New Ground Rules
  • Concentration of Provision for the 16 Plus PopulationThe Search for Compromise; A Peculiarity in the City Centre; An Opportunity for Co-Operation Spurned; Musings as to What Would Happen; More Immediate Tasks; A Reorganization of Local Government and a Move to London; Epilogue and Assessment; A New Dawn Beckoned; Bibliography; 3 The Destruction of the Local Education Authority in England 1974-2016; Mr. Butler's Education Act; Mrs. Thatcher's Education Revolution… 'To Market, to Market…'; 'Under New Management'; 'You Can't Fight City Hall'
  • Local Financial Management Becomes National Financial ManagementThe Self-Governing School; 'The Social Market'; Diversity; Selection Makes a Comeback; Diversity or 'Formlessness'?; Choice; An 'Informed' Choice; 'A Thing of the Past'; Clinging to the Wreckage: What Next?; Bibliography; 4 Church Schools and Local Government: Partnerships and Accountabilities; The Nineteenth-Century Background; Balfour and Birrell; Butler's Post-War Compromise; Religious Education; The LEAs and the Churches; Opting Out of the LEA into GMS; The Blair Era; The Coalition Years 2010-2015; The Future of Partnership?
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