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Teachers vs Government: the story of the 1944 Education Act April 23, 2014

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in New releases.
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Roy Blatchford, the author of our recently-published book The Restless School, presented a fascinating Radio 4 programme last night on the 1944 UK Education Act.

In the programme (which can be listened to here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03ynt6y) Roy tells the story of modern education from 1944 to the present day and how it went from consensus to conflict, and from a world where qualifications were for just a tiny elite to one where all students are in school or training until the age of 18, with close on 50% going on to higher education.

restlessHe speaks to key decision-makers from the period, including several former secretaries of state to ask how much of the original vision has survived and what the story of education over the last 70 years tells us about what the future might hold for Britain’s schools.

In The Restless School, Roy draws on 40 years of wide ranging experience within the UK and international education systems to capture the essence of successful schools, those that are ‘restless to improve’. Short, pacey and personal, the book provides a deeply positive and optimistic vision of a thriving and confident education service.

To order copies of The Restless School, please visit our bookshop: www.johncattbookshop.com

 

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