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How a lot have lecturers and their scholars benefitted from the top-down Westminster-led keep watch over of coverage held in position via a strong nationwide inspection regime?"
A iteration of Radical academic switch: tales from the Field is an exploration of the innovative impression of the higher and carrying on with involvement of relevant govt in schooling policy-making which all started in 1976 and was once sped up by way of the 1988 schooling Act and next legislation.
In the ebook, a dozen unique members from a variety of sectors clarify and think of how they labored to do their top for his or her faculties, academics and students in those years of significant switch. They comprehend the explanations, defined by means of Lord Baker in his early bankruptcy, for a countrywide Curriculum in 1988, and in addition the explanations for a better nationwide inspection method. but their tales acquire to develop into a robust critique of the top-down guidelines of the final 20 years. those regulations were too a variety of, temporary, incoherent and partisan; governments were detached to specialist opinion and severe examine, and feature relied excessively on measurable results and simplistic Ofsted judgments. Our present approach is narrower and no more democratic than it was once, yet facts is difficult to discover that English students are doing any higher in overseas comparisons.
The mixed reflections during this quantity are well timed in those years of energetic academic debate as are the feedback for destiny coverage. A new release of Radical academic Change is a useful learn for present and aspiring headteachers, coverage makers and people with an curiosity in schooling coverage and the way it evolves."
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A Generation of Radical Educational Change: Stories from the Field