Module Identifier ED11420  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Ms Rosemary O Jones  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Mrs Ffion M Hoare  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours.  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 Hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Written exam.  60%
Semester Assessment Essay of 2000 words25%
Semester Assessment 1 Bibliographic Exercise of 1000 words  15%
Supplementary Assessment All failed elements of the assessments must be retaken (as described above) if the students average marks falls below the required pass mark of 40%. New assignment titles and examination paper will be issued.100%

Learning outcomes

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

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

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
(2004 (various p) An introduction to the study of education /edited by David Matheson. David Fulton 1843121344
(2002.) Education in England, Wales and Northern Ireland :a guide to the system /Gill Holt ... [et al.]. NFER 1903880386PBK
Aldrich, Richard. (1996.) Education for the nation/Richard Aldrich Cassell 0304339342
Chitty, Clyde. (2004.) Education policy in Britain /Clyde Chitty. Palgrave Macmillan 1403902216
Chitty, Clyde. (1999.) The education system transformed /Clyde Chitty. Baseline 1897626126


This module is at CQFW Level 4