‘Going further?’ Tony Blair and New Labour education policies

Stephen J Ball

in Social Policy Review 19

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9781861349415
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303466 | DOI:
‘Going further?’ Tony Blair and New Labour education policies

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This chapter examines developments in education policy, focusing on the transformation of the proposals in the 2005 White Paper Higher standards, better schools for all into the 2006 Education and Inspections Act. It maps the continuity in policy between the City Technology Colleges and grant-maintained schools introduced by the Conservatives in the 1990s, the New Labour government's Academies programme, and the provision in the Act for all schools to become trusts, drawing in private sponsorship and operating relatively independently of local government control. The role of business sponsorship and the power of sponsors within the governance arrangements for Academies and for trust schools in the future signal a new importance for business philanthropy in shaping policy, and introduced an ‘enterprise narrative’ into state education, which is increasingly focused on promoting future competitiveness in the global economy.

Keywords: education policy; Education and Inspections; business sponsorship; business philanthropy; New Labour government; state education

Chapter.  7103 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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