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How new is New Labour? The quasi-market and English schools 1997 to 2001

West, Anne ORCID: 0000-0003-2932-7667 and Pennell, Hazel (2002) How new is New Labour? The quasi-market and English schools 1997 to 2001. British Journal of Educational Studies, 50 (2). pp. 206-224. ISSN 1467-8527

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1467-8527.t01-2-00199


This paper focuses on the reforms made to the quasi-market in school-based education in England that occurred between May 1997 and May 2001. It discusses the changes that have taken place in relation to parental choice, admissions to schools, school diversity, funding and examination ‘league tables’. The Labour Government can be seen as having embraced the quasi-market with a similar enthusiasm to that of its Conservative predecessors although it has tended to emphasise social inclusion as opposed to competition. While it has attempted to soften the edges of the quasi-market it has not tackled some of its major deficiencies such as the power schools that are their own admission authorities have to distort the admissions process.

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Divisions: LSE
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:02

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