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Is Failure Inevitable? The Recent Fate of Secondary School Reforms Intended to Alleviate Social Disadvantage

John Gray

in Understanding Social Change

Published by British Academy

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263143
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734939 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263143.003.0004

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

Is Failure Inevitable? The Recent Fate of Secondary School Reforms Intended to Alleviate Social Disadvantage

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This chapter discusses school reforms that have been taking place, with the aim to produce greater equality of educational opportunity. The chapter suggests why they may have been less effective than hoped. It focuses on three areas: the effects of comprehensive reorganisation; the extent of variations in school effectiveness; and the contribution of systemic programmes on educational disadvantage.

Keywords: school reforms; educational opportunity; school effectiveness; systemic programmes; educational disadvantage

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Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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