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Modernising the welfare stateThe Blair legacy$
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Martin Powell

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420404

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420404.001.0001

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Education: from the comprehensive to the individual

Education: from the comprehensive to the individual

(p.91) six Education: from the comprehensive to the individual
Modernising the welfare state

Susan Martin

Yolande Muschamp

Policy Press

This chapter reviews New Labour's education policy. Blair's commitment to education has resulted in three dimensions or strands that have contributed to the modernisation of education – an early years curriculum, a diversification of schools, and a reprofessionalisation of teaching. Introduced to widen state provision in respect of age and to meet the wider needs of its pupils, the first two dimensions of an early years curriculum and the introduction of more specialist schools were accompanied by policies that sought to give schools greater autonomy in managing their affairs as well as increasing the accountability of all schools. The re-professionalisation of the teaching profession has most clearly emerged in the conditions in which teachers are engaged and in national policies that have necessitated the widespread consultation with the training and engagement of teachers.

Keywords:   New Labour, education policy, modernisation, early years curriculum, specialist schools, reprofessionalisation, teaching

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