What does the White Paper really mean for English education?
As protests grow at so many aspects of current policy - from an impoverished curriculum to the diminishment of local democracy, the erosion of meaningful teacher qualifications to the expansion of selective education - many people are finally waking up to the reality of long years of top-down reform of education, and asking what can we do about it and how might we organise our system in a better way?
In short, this feels like an important moment in educational and political history. Many different groups, individuals and professionals are reflecting on the current crisis ( because it does feel like a crisis) and ways through it.
For all these reasons, I thought LSN readers might appreciate this considered critique of the White Paper, written by the editorial board of Forum, the only academic journal devoted to the promotion of comprehensive education from age 3-19. Forum has a long and rich history of discussion of government policy and advocacy of comprehensive education. This history is brought in full to this critique of the government's latest offering.