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Inclusion in National Curriculum policy and physical education

ByDAWN PENNEY

This narrative takes inspiration from and adopts the genre of a legendary BBC1 comedy series, Yes Minister. The series was produced between 1980 and 1984 and managed to convey, in and through comedy, the somewhat ‘crazy reality’ of policy issues and policy processes in government.2 It vividly ‘rang true’ with, for example, Ball’s (1998) contention that:

National policy making is inevitably a process of bricolage: a matter of borrowing and copying bits and pieces of ideas from elsewhere, drawing upon and amending locally tried and tested approaches, cannibalizing theories, research, trends and fashions and not infrequently flailing around for anything at all that looks as though it might work.