Education Reform and Education
Politics in England:
A Sociological Analysis

Geoff Whitty

Institute of Education


This paper begins with a brief outline of the programme of education reforms undertaken by the Thatcher and Major governments in the UK during the 1980s and 1990s, focusing in particular on those that apply to the compulsory phase of education, and then outlines the changes that have been made to it under New Labour. It then attempts to make some sense of these developments from the perspective of a sociologist of education policy.

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