New Labour and Education Policy

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  • New Labour
    • Raising standards – which essentially meant building on what the New Right had done previously
    • Increasing diversity and choice within education
    • Improving equality of opportunity
    • New Labour Policies designed to Improve Standards
      • Literacy and Numeracy Hour – one hour per day of reading and maths
      • City Academies – 10% funded by the private or voluntary sector – extra money should help improve standards
      • 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
    • New Labour Policies designed to reduce 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
    • Polices designed to increase diversity
      • Specialist schools – Specialise in various subjects, providing expertise in areas from sciences to the performing arts.
      • Child centred learning (differentiation within schools) – 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.
    • Positive Evaluations of New Labour Policies
      • SATs and GCSE scores have improved significantly under New Labour
      • There are now a greater diversity of schools (Specialist Schools, City Academies) and a greater variety of subjects one can study (AS and A levels, Vocational A levels, the mix and match curriculum),  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
    • Criticisms of New Labour policies
      • 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, cream skimming etc.
      • The Private school system still means that those with money can get their children a better education


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