Reputation and working the system

Tim Butler, Chris Hamnett, Sadiq Mir and Mark Ramsden

in Ethnicity, class and aspiration

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426512
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302223 | DOI:
Reputation and working the system

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This chapter examines the issue of school reputation based on interviews with parents in East London, England. It clarifies what is meant by a good school and what differentiates it from the least popular. The chapter investigates how parents deal with the failure to get into their chosen schools and evaluates how the policy of choice is creating a sense of failure among schools that perform perfectly well given the social background of their intake. It also discusses parents' perception of the importance of discipline and values, and their concern about their children being brought down by disruptive pupils.

Keywords: school reputation; parents; East London; England; choice; discipline; values; disruptive pupils

Chapter.  13211 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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