Coalition Education Policies: An Assignment
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Before you attempt the assignment here are a few summary points which may help you.
This assignment invites you to examine Coalition education policies in terms of their possible ideological basis, their possible practical strengths and weaknesses and their continuity or otherwise with previous Labour Government policies.
I am not assuming that you will be able to answer the questions in the exact spaces provided in the table. However if you are preparing for short answer questions I would imagine that you can prepare an answer on each policy in one or two substantial paragraphs. On the other hand it would certainly be possible to write a very substantial essay on some individual policies: for example on the nature of the Academies Programme.
I have nearly finished writing a set of teaching notes on Coalition Education Policies and this will be available on my site in a couple of weeks hopefully providing some information which will help you with this assignment.
As mentioned you will need familiarity with some aspects of New Right Ideology to complete the assignment and so here is a brief summary although I am sure that this is a topic which you have already discussed with your teachers.
Also very importantly your teachers may well advise you that for examination purposes it is best to concentrate your attention on a limited number of policies rather than attempt to discuss all of the policies listed here. Which policies do you consider to be most significant?
Thanks to Chris Livesey [https://twitter.com/shortcutstv_cjl?lang=en-gb] for some advice : I am responsible for any remaining defects in the document !
Dimensions of Neo- Liberalism
Similarities/ differences relative to Labour Policies. Possible ideological links to Neo-Liberalism
Increased HE Tuition Fees
Similarities/differences relative to Labour Policies. Possible ideological links to Neo-Conservatism
Changes to National Curriculum
Discipline, Uniform, House Systems, Prefect Systems
Streaming , Banding , Setting
Similarities/differences relative to Labour Policies. Practical strengths and weaknesses
Changes to Teacher Training
Increased use of Phonics for the Teaching of Reading.
Introduction of EBacc
Proposed introduction of EBacc Certificate. [Policy shelved] Changes to Curricula and Structure of GCSE courses
Changes to Curricula and Structure of GCE Advanced Level courses
Vocational Education Initiatives
Abolition of EMA and Replacement with Alternative Scheme
Abolition of Aim Higher Scheme
Introduction of Pupil Premium
Proposed New Accountability Measures for Schools
Some Questions for Further Discussion
How might Coalition education policies promote increased educational achievement?
What is the meaning of the term "Meritocracy"? How might Coalition education policies promote meritocracy?
What is the meaning of the term "Compensatory Education"? How might Coalition education policies promote the aims of Compensatory Education?
Basil Bernstein once stated that "Education cannot compensate for society". Can Coalition education policies compensate for society?
How might Coalition education policies be analysed from the following perspectives?
The New Right