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The rise of the meritocracy? New Labour and education in the second term

Sally Tomlinson

in Social Policy Review 16

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9781847424716
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303435 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424716.003.0004
The rise of the meritocracy? New Labour and education in the second term

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This chapter discusses developments in education. It is argued that the second term of New Labour has been characterised by a gradual approach to educational reform. The discussion focuses more on the issues of selection and diversity within the current reforms. It describes the growing role of the private sector in education, and then provides a critical assessment of the concept of meritocracy and its importance to education.

Keywords: education; New Labour; educational reform; selection; diversity; private sector; meritocracy

Chapter.  7618 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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