Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Policies and Issues in Education
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 2 Hour Lectures
Workshop 2 x 3 Hour Workshops
Seminar 10 x 1 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate an effective knowledge and understanding of the historical developments of the Education system in England and Wales

Critically evaluate educational policies and current education issues.

Form coherent arguments in discussing current education issues.

Apply their own educational experiences to the broader contexts of social and political change within the Education system.

Demonstrate a competent use of relevant source material.

Brief description

This module provides an introduction to education policies and issues in England and Wales. It sets current education policy in the historic context of educational developments and change, whilst introducing some major contemporary education issues.


Lectures are based on the following topics:

1. Introduction : The anatomy of an education system
2. The growth of a schooled society
3. The Education Acts of 1944 and 1988
4. Control, Choice and Accountability
5. New Labour Education Policies in England and Wales
6. Issue 1: Educational Standards
7. Issue 2: Wales: Nationality, Culture and Schooling
8. Issue 3: Three Topical Controversies (Healthy Eating in Schools, Single-Sex Teaching and Special Educational Needs)
9. Issue 4: 16-19 Curriculum
10. Issue 5: Gender and Education

Seminars are based on the following:

1. Your Educational Autobiography
2. 1944 Education Act
3. Comprehensive Versus Grammar Schools
4. 1988 Education Reform Act
5. The National Curriculum
6. Current Education Issues
7. Special Educational Needs
8. Healthy Eating in Schools
9. Boys Underachievement
10. Perspectives on Higher Education

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Occasional descriptive statistics in lectures and sources.
Communication Communication techniques are a vital element throughout lectures and seminars. Spoken communication throughout seminar activities. Written communication throughout written assessments.
Improving own Learning and Performance Seminar activities and feedback from assessed work.
Information Technology Students are encouraged to word process assignments.
Personal Development and Career planning Bibliographic writing skills.
Problem solving An essential element in the process of critical assessment.
Research skills Bibliographic searches.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Seminar activities provide many opportunities for team work, including group presentations and debates.


This module is at CQFW Level 4