Eighteen years of Conservative stewardship ensured that the Labour government's education policy did not begin with a tabula rasa, for its starting point has been defined by the previous government to a greater extent than any other incoming government has found. In this book the practitioners discuss the micro effect of the policies in their schools. This book will make an important contribution to continuing debate about the best way forward for state education in England and Wales.

chapter 1|8 pages


ByJohn Dunford, Clyde Chitty

chapter 2|10 pages

The Changing Pressures on Primary Schools

ByC. Eric Spear

chapter 3|14 pages

The Comprehensive Ideal

ByClyde Chitty

chapter 4|13 pages

Changing Pressures in the Secondary School

ByPeter Downes

chapter 5|14 pages

Towards Rationalisation? the 14-19 Curriculum

ByJohn Dunford

chapter 6|13 pages

Schools in Deprived Areas

ByPat Collings

chapter 7|12 pages

Community Schools

ByRoger Seckington

chapter 8|15 pages

A View from London

ByTamsyn Imison

chapter 9|11 pages

Following the Third Way? Teachers and New Labour

ByMartin Lawn

chapter 10|13 pages

Inspection: From HMI to Ofsted

ByJohn Dunford

chapter 11|13 pages

The Rise of Parent Power

ByRobert Godber

chapter 12|13 pages

Challenging Partners: Central Government, Local Government and Schools

ByHeather Du Quesnay

chapter 13|7 pages


ByClyde Chitty, John Dunford