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Understanding Education Policy

Understanding Education Policy

March 2023 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
From academisation and free schools to workforce retention and curriculum change, education policy is a complicated, constantly evolving topic that sits at the heart of any academic study of education.

This book offers a critical contextual analysis of education policy and the political ideas that drive policy. It maps a careful journey across the recent policy landscape in England looking at major areas of the education system such as: the curriculum, SEND, pedagogy and the school workforce. Analysis is informed by assessing the real-world impact and implications of government initiatives and by taking into account key contextual issues. Case studies from educational settings, supported by study questions to prompt your thinking, examine how key policy ideas operate in practice.

This is the ideal overview of education policy for anyone studying Education Studies degrees at undergraduate level, trainee teachers seeking a deeper understanding of how policy affects the schools they will work in, and Master’s students wanting a clear primer on the subject.

Chris Rolph is Director of the Nottingham Institute of Education, Nottingham Trent University.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Education: the fate of the country – the development of education policy
Chapter 3: 21st Century solutions – the marketisation of education
Chapter 4: Accountability: the struggle over the teacher’s soul
Chapter 5: Leadership and Governance: quest and paradox
Chapter 6: Resources: Managing the unmanageable
Chapter 7: Curriculum: The substance of education
Chapter 8: Pedagogy: the act and discourse of teaching
Chapter 9: Inclusion: A failed ideology?
Chapter 10: : Social Justice: the triumph of equity over efficiency
Chapter 11: Non-compulsory Education: a joined-up system?
Chapter 12: Conclusion: “there needs to be glue”

Relevant for module content on BA Early Childhood Studies and one of few Early Years Policy books

Miss Emma Cookson
UCBC, Blackburn College
August 22, 2023

Excellent guide to essential policy within education and the way that it has impacted the sector over the years.
A clear guide for students

Mr Julian Ayres
School of Education and Community, Wrexham Glyndwr University
June 26, 2023

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