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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

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

Mike Feintuck

Roz Stevens

Policy Press

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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