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New Labour & Education Policy
Increasing diversity and choice within education
Improving equality of opportunity
which essentially meant building on what the New Right had done previously
◾Literacy and Numeracy Hour – one hour per day of reading and maths
◾Extension of school career and the school day – children now start at 4, even younger in Sure Start nurseries and the leaving age is being raised to 18.
◾Class sizes – were reduced to 30
◾Tougher Line on Inspection – Expanded the role of OFSTED
◾City Academies – 10% funded by the private or voluntary sector – extra money should help improve standards
◾Higher Education – expanded the number of places available in universities
Inequality of opportunity
◾Education Action Zones – Extra money for schools in deprived areas
◾Sure Start – 12 hours a week free nursery provision for children aged 2-4
◾Education Maintenance Allowance – £30 per week to encourage students from low income households to stay on in 16-18 education
◾Specialist schools – Specialise in various subjects, providing expertise in areas from sciences to the performing arts.
◾Child centred learning – Teachers are expected to focus more on each child’s individual learning needs and OFSTED focus on this more.
◾Special Educational Needs Provision – there has been a massive expansion of study and support under New Labour to support those with Special needs.
◾Faith schools – expanded under New Labour
◾Standards have improved and there is greater choice and diversity
◾SATs and GCSE scores have improved significantly under New Labour
◾There are now a greater diversity of schools and a greater variety of subjects one can study, meaning there is more choice for parents and pupils.
◾New Labour have established a ‘Learning Society’ in which learning is more highly valued and created opportunities in which adults are able to relearn new skills in order to adapt to an ever changing economy,
◾New Labour have not improved equality of educational opportunity
◾The gap between middle classes and working classes achievement continues to grow because of selection of by mortgage
◾The introduction of tuition fees in Higher Education puts many working class children off going to University
◾The Private school system still means that those with money can get their children a better education
◾City academies enable those with money to shape the curriculum
◾Gilborn and Youdell argue that more students have a negative experience of education in the ‘A-C economy’
◾Schools have become too test focussed, reducing real diversity of educational experience
◾Students are too taught to the test and less able to think critically