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Academies and free schools in England : a history and philosophy of the Gove Act

Author: Adrian Hilton
Publisher: London : Routledge, 2018.
Series: Routledge research in education policy and politics
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1stView all editions and formats
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Academies and Free Schools in England argues that there is a high degree of philosophical consensus and historical continuity on the policy of 'academisation' across the main political parties in England. It attempts to make sense of what are all essentially free schools by interviewing the architects of policy and their closest advisors, analysing the extent to which they invoke historical expressions of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Adrian Hilton
ISBN: 9780429889424 0429889429 9780429889431 0429889437 9780429889417 0429889410 9780429468995 0429468997
OCLC Number: 1053861995
Notes: Preface Chapter 1: Academies and Free Schools in political context Chapter 2: Academies and Free Schools in philosophical context Chapter 3: A history of free schools Chapter 4: A philosophy of free schools Chapter 5: Interviewing the elite educational 'policy community' Chapter 6: The elite education of the free-school elites Chapter 7: Elite apprehensions of free-school history Chapter 8: Elite conceptions of free-school philosophy Chapter 9: The elite assurance of educational freedom References
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Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgements; Preface; Glossary of abbreviations; List of tables; 1 Academies and Free Schools in political context; Origins and development; UK devolution and 'British values'; Policy proponents and detractors; The Conservative/Liberal Democrat political consensus; Trade union reaction; Labour Party reaction; Liberal Democrat Party reaction; Academic reception; Entrenched apprehensions; 2 Academies and Free Schools in philosophical context; The 'Big Society'; 'Rolling back the state'; 'Neo-liberalism' and 'little platoons' US Charter schools and Swedish FriskolorThe absence of evidence; Appeals to liberal-conservative themes of philosophy; 3 A history of free schools; Contemporary development; Historical development; 4 A philosophy of free schools; Conceptions of educational freedom; Michael Gove's philosophy of education; 5 Interviewing the elite educational 'policy community'; The 'circulation of elites'; Democratic elitism; Educational elites; 6 The elite education of the free school elites; The elite 'policy community'; Educational 'religious foundation' and the elite character; The wider 'policy community' Shared networks and ideological consensusShared experience and common educational catalysts; 7 Elite apprehensions of free school history; Forster: voluntarism; social mission; Butler: educational bureaucracy; falling standards; Baker: curriculum centralisation; institutional diversification; cultural change; Adonis/Blunkett: tackling failure; institutional diversification; 'pushing' freedoms; Gove in Opposition: Free School origins; educational morality; Gove in Government: policy continuity; market divergence; 'inner circle' of advisors; the missing 'middle tier' 8 Elite conceptions of free school philosophyIdeological division vs philosophical consensus; Centralisation/control vs devolution/subsidiarity; Incremental evolution vs radical revolution; Market/choice vs morality/change; Progressive pedagogy vs traditional teaching; Freedoms vs unfreedoms; 9 The elite assurance of educational freedom; The genealogy of educational freedom; The philosophy of educational freedom; The free school elite; Elite culture, ideas and language; Elite social philosophy; The essential free school philosophical consensus; The partial free school philosophical consensus The absence of free school philosophical consensusThe Gove Act: a free school settlement; References; Index
Series Title: Routledge research in education policy and politics
Responsibility: Adrian Hilton.

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Academies and Free Schools in England argues that there is a high degree of philosophical consensus and historical continuity on the policy of 'academisation' across the main political parties in England. It attempts to make sense of what are all essentially free schools by interviewing the architects of policy and their closest advisors, analysing the extent to which they invoke historical expressions of conservatism and/or liberalism in their articulation of that convergence. The book offers a unique insight into educational policy-making during the Conservative/Liberal-Democrat coalition era (2010-2015), and an in-depth analysis of the nature of liberty as it relates to state education in England. Providing original interview transcripts of the key reformers, and new accounts of a sometimes contentious history, Hilton identifies an elite 'policy community', connected by educational background, moral-religious frameworks, life experiences and shared networks of common ideology. Academies and Free Schools in England will be vital reading to academics and researchers in the field of education and education policy. It will also be of great interest to school governors, business leaders, political philosophers and those involved and interested in free schools.

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