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April 26, 2018 / C H Thompson

Conservative education policy (1979 – 1997)

  • Conservative education policy (1979 – 1997) introduced:
  • New Vocationalism 1986 (NVQs etc);
  • The 1988 Education Reform Act introduced competition between schools and turned parents into ‘consumers’ of education
  • New Right thinkers argue social policies are more effective if they are driven by free market principles
  • This process is often termed the marketization (free market) of education




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