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Education policy and governance in England under the Coalition Government (2010-15): academies, the pupil premium and free early education

West, Anne (2015) Education policy and governance in England under the Coalition Government (2010-15): academies, the pupil premium and free early education. London Review of Education, 13 (2). pp. 21-36. ISSN 1474-8460

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Identification Number: 10.18546/LRE.13.2.03

Abstract

This paper explores the governance of school-based and early education in England under the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government (2010-15). Drawing on three prominent Coalition policy areas – the academies programme, the pupil premium and free part-time early education – the paper focuses on changes to the role played by central government in governance; it also makes contrasts with Wales and Scotland. An analysis of the funding and regulatory framework reveals that the role of central government in England increased under the Coalition Government and that of local government declined. These changes to governance have served to centralise power on the one hand and to facilitate and sustain markets in school-based and free early education on the other; the same cannot be said of governance in either Scotland or Wales, where democratically elected local government continues to play a highly significant role.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://ioepress.co.uk/journals/london-review-of-e...
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author © CC BY 4.0
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Education Research Group (ERG)
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2015 12:55
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2019 02:05
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/62528

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