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School admissions and accountabilityPlanning, choice or chance?$
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Mike Feintuck and Roz Stephens

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447306238

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447306238.001.0001

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Admissions in a quasi-market system: policy development 1988 to 2012

Admissions in a quasi-market system: policy development 1988 to 2012

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(p.73) Four Admissions in a quasi-market system: policy development 1988 to 2012
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School admissions and accountability
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Mike Feintuck

Roz Stevens

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447306238.003.0004

This chapter examines the political steps, and the legislative and regulatory approaches taken by central government, to secure the necessary pre-conditions for establishing choice as the key policy for school admissions: the creation of a quasi-market through school diversity, greater freedom to control admissions at school level, and the limiting of local government powers. Three phases are identified: the phase of policy initiation that started with the Thatcher governments and found its greatest expression in the 1988 Education Reform Act (ERA); the period of continuity and expansion as the market ‘baton’ was passed to the New Labour reformers in government in the period from 1997 to 2010; and, at the time of writing, the current phase of policy acceleration under the Coalition government.

Keywords:   school admissions, Education Reform Act 1988, quasi-market, choice

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