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6 Dec 2017
1870 Education Act
Provided the first state-run schools for 5-10 year olds
1944 Butler Education Act
Set up the tripartite systemof secondary education - grammar, technical and secondary modern schools
The comprehensive system
was designed to provide equality of opportunity by replacing the tripartite system with a single type of school for all young people. Streaming helped to provide them with the most appropriate level of education.
The Education Reform Act of 1988
aimed to provide competition between schools and choice for parents. In theory, standards would rise as parents chose successful schools while failing schools would go out of business. What happened was that working-class parents and those without the means or pro-school attitude ensured that poor schools stayed full of challenging learners.
National curricul was introduced
was assessed by SATs in its core subjects. The results of these tests were published as league tables and provided parents with information to judge the performance of schools and choose the ‘best’ one.
The Coalition Government of the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, which came to power in May 2010
has tried to place a greater emphasis on academic rigor, pupil discipline through teacher empowerment, equipping learners with the skills to achieve independence and economic success & the injection of more market values into education
The overriding characteristic of the Coalition Government’s approach to education is the withdrawal of the State from schools’ & colleges’ business by making them more self-governing.
Conservative governments from 1979 to 1997 introduced work-related training schemes and vocational qualifications.
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