Eighteen years of Conservative stewardship ensured that the Labour government's education policy did not begin with a tabula rasa, for its starting point has been defined by the previous government to a greater extent than any other incoming government has found. In this book the practitioners discuss the micro effect of the policies in their schools. This book will make an important contribution to continuing debate about the best way forward for state education in England and Wales.
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Introduction, The Changing Pressures on Primary Schools, The Comprehensive Ideal, Changing Pressures in the Secondary School, Towards Rationalisation? The 14-19 Curriculum, Schools in Deprived Areas, Community Schools, A View from London, Following the Third Way? Teachers and New Labour, Inspection: From HMI to Ofsted, The Rise of Parent Power, Challenging Partners: Central Government; Local Government and Schools, Conclusion.