chapter  7
10 Pages


WithMichael Parkinson

This chapter presents an historical narrative of the Labour Party's contribution to the development of English secondary education. It examines some of the problems faced by the Party in this area and the solutions it has developed. In many ways, a formal conclusion, as opposed to a general summary, is superfluous. The point that has emerged from this study, in fact, is that the Party has played a peculiar pressure-group role in educational policy-making. There has been a further source of consistency of Party concern in education in the sense that its programme has always been intended to increase equality of opportunity in education. Finally, one can say that a relatively coherent picture has emerged from this study of the contribution the Labour Party has made to the development of at least one important aspect of English education.