Module Identifier ED11420  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Mrs Rosemary O Cann  
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

** General Text
(1996.) National school policy :major issues in education policy for schools in England and Wales, 1979 onwards /edited by Jim Docking. David Fulton 1853463965
(1988.) The Education Reform Act 1988. Industrial Society 0852904088
Baker, Mike. (1994.) Who rules our schools? /Mike Baker. Hodder and Stoughton 0340613203
Brooks, Ron (1991.) Contemporary debates in education :an historical perspective /Ron Brooks. Longman 0582057973
Jones, Gareth Elwyn. (1997.) The education of a nation /Gareth Elwyn Jones. University of Wales Press 0708314031
** Recommended Text
(2004 (various p) An introduction to the study of education /edited by David Matheson. David Fulton 1843121344
(1997.) Education in England and Wales :a guide to the system /Gill Holt ... [et al.]. National Foundation for Educational Research 0700514678
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
Chitty, Clyde. (1992.) The education system transformed :a guide to the school reforms /Clyde Chitty. Baseline Books 1897626010
Dunford, J. E. (1990.) The education system in England and Wales /John Dunford and Paul Sharp. Longman 0582009669
Knight, Christopher. (1990.) The making of Tory education policy in post-war Britain, 1950-1986 /Christopher Knight. Falmer Press 1850006776PBK
Lawton, Denis. (1994.) The Tory mind on education, 1979-1994 /Denis Lawton. Falmer Press 0750703512PBKALKPAPER
Lowe, Roy. (1997.) Schooling and social change, 1964-1990 /Roy Lowe. Routledge 0415023971
Maclure, Stuart. (1992.) Education re-formed :a guide to the Education Reform Act /Stuart Maclure. Hodder & Stoughton 0340570164
Silver, Harold. (1990.) Education, change and the policy process /Harold Silver. Falmer 1850006997
Tomlinson, John. (1993.) The control of education /John Tomlinson. Cassell 0304323942CASED
(1999.) An introduction to the study of education /edited by David Matheson and Ian Grosvenor. David Fulton Publishers 1853466123
(1992.) Continuing the education debate /edited by Michael Williams, Richard Daugherty and Frank Banks. Cassell 0304326143
(2000.) New Labour's policies for schools :raising the standard? /edited by Jim Docking ; written by the National Education Policy Course Team, University of Surrey Roehampton. David Fulton 1853466115PBK


This module is at CQFW Level 4