Education: from the comprehensive to the individual

Susan Martin and Yolande Muschamp

in Modernising the welfare state

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420404
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302834 | DOI:
Education: from the comprehensive to the individual

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This chapter reviews New Labour's education policy. Blair's commitment to education has resulted in three dimensions or strands that have contributed to the modernisation of education – an early years curriculum, a diversification of schools, and a reprofessionalisation of teaching. Introduced to widen state provision in respect of age and to meet the wider needs of its pupils, the first two dimensions of an early years curriculum and the introduction of more specialist schools were accompanied by policies that sought to give schools greater autonomy in managing their affairs as well as increasing the accountability of all schools. The re-professionalisation of the teaching profession has most clearly emerged in the conditions in which teachers are engaged and in national policies that have necessitated the widespread consultation with the training and engagement of teachers.

Keywords: New Labour; education policy; modernisation; early years curriculum; specialist schools; reprofessionalisation; teaching

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