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Academies in England and independent schools (fristående skolor) in Sweden: policy, privatisation, access and segregation

West, Anne (2014) Academies in England and independent schools (fristående skolor) in Sweden: policy, privatisation, access and segregation. Research Papers in Education, 29 (3). pp. 330-350. ISSN 0267-1522

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Abstract

Academies (and free schools) in England and independent grant-aided schools, fristående skolor (or friskolor), in Sweden have been the subject of much academic debate, but there is a paucity of comparative research relating to policy development or outcomes. This paper adopts a comparative perspective, outlining the historical context, then comparing the policy goals and development of the two programmes from their inception. It is argued that the policy goals of the two programmes are underpinned by similar ideologies, but the policy outcomes have differed in terms of the extent and type of ‘privatisation’. Two broad themes related to equality of opportunity are then explored: access to schools, and school composition and segregation. It is argued that the extent to which differential school access and segregation can be attributed to the introduction of independent schools in Sweden and academies in England, is far from clear; it would be wrong to assume that there is a single, simple explanation.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rred20
Additional Information: © 2014 Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LF Individual institutions (Europe)
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Education Research Group (ERG)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2014 11:01
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/55916/

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