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Educational inequalities and Education Action Zones

Ian Plewis

in Tackling inequalities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9781861341464
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303633 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861341464.003.0004
Educational inequalities and Education Action Zones

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New Labour sees education and training as the means of enhancing employability. It sees the failure to secure a good education in the early years as key to determining life chances in adulthood. This chapter considers inequalities in education and focuses on the likely impact of the Education Action Zones (EAZs) that New Labour regards as key in tackling educational inequalities. It argues that the government's emphasis on raising standards through EAZs, league tables, and targets may fail to reduce inequality and raise standards. The outcome of these policies is that they may even exacerbate educational inequalities. It is the case in British society, as in Western society generally, that performance in tests and examinations determines entry into higher education, which, in turn, has a strong bearing on life chances.

Keywords: EAZs; educational inequalities; New Labour; Britain

Chapter.  5325 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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