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School diversity and social justice: policy and politics

West, Anne and Currie, Peter (2008) School diversity and social justice: policy and politics. Educational Studies, 34 (3). pp. 241-250. ISSN 0305-5698

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Identification Number: 10.1080/03055690701811362


This paper focuses on the long established diversity in the English education system - independent schools, grammar schools and religious schools - and in so doing explores tensions between education policy, politics and social justice. It explores the differential access to these different types of school, their social composition and implications for social justice and for wider society. It is argued that if social justice is to be a goal of government, further policy changes are needed over and above those that have already been made. However, the political challenges, which have limited policy changes to date, would be significant.

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Additional Information: © 2008 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2008 12:39
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2021 01:39

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