To What Extent Have Labour Continued the Conservatives Education Policy

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To What Extent Have Labour Continued the Conservatives Education Policy

        Traditional Conservative and Labour policy through the years have been different for the most part.  However the 1997 Labour government has been different from those that preceded it, this is due to the emergence of the more centre, mainstream New Labour.

        There have not been very many major differences in Education policy since Labour came into power. Labour have kept Grammar schools and have changed the names of what were city technology colleges, to city academies.  Labour have also turned many schools in specialist schools that specialise in certain areas.  These policies have faced criticism as private companies are sponsoring academies, which go against the traditional labour belief of nationalisation.  Grammar and specialist schools are also argued to be creating a two-tier system of comprehensive education, with Grammar being better than most and schools that specialise in subjects such as P.E, music and art are argued to be poor at the other, perhaps more important subjects.

        In some cases Labour have adapted or furthered ideas the conservatives started.  League tables for schools were introduced in 88 by the conservatives Labour have adapted them so that the schools results take into account the schools intake, area and resources, this is called value added. Grant Maintained schools where the LMS has the most influence on the budget have simply changed to foundation schools where the head controls the budget.  The basic principle of the school has remained even though Labour said they would get rid of GM schools.

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        However in many cases Labour have just kept Conservative policy.  SATs have remained since introduced in 88 despite heavy criticism.  OFSTED have remained as the schools inspectors, University expansion has continued although the Conservatives now oppose it.  Compulsory Competitive Tendering has remained.  Labour have continued to name and shame failing schools, which has produced schools such as the Phoenix school.  And policies that go completely against traditional Labour policy have remained such as Private schools maintaining their charity status meaning they don’t have to pay taxes, although the only charitable service they provide is taking money from affluent families to ...

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