chapter  9
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There’s nothing rational about decision-making

Alastair Campbell in his 2007 diary, The Blair Years, for example, devoted little attention to education despite the priority given by Blair to the issue. Michael Barber’s account of education policy making in his book Instruction to Deliver is more detailed but inevitably is limited by his overall focus on the prime minister’s Delivery Unit. The 2009 Cambridge Primary Review includes a short section on governance which concentrates on the specific issues of centralisation and decentralisation. The nearest thing to an insider’s account of education decision-making in the Blair years is Peter Hyman’s 1 Out of 10 (2005).