Legislating for Change: School reforms in England and Wales 1979-1994

Joanna LeMetais

01 April 1995

The period 1979 to 1994 was one of unprecedented activity in educational legislation in this country. The Government enacted 16 laws and published 189 associated Orders and Statutory Instruments designed to bring about radical educational change. Few areas of education were left untouched. Committees of Enquiry, new statutory agencies and ad hoc working parties flourished.

Legislating for Change documents the development of the Government's policies affecting compulsory education in English and Welsh schools during the busiest period of legislative reform ever attempted. It does so concisely and in a readable way. The author impartially analyses the policies, their implementation and likely impact.

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