Assess the Claim That the Main Aim of Education Policies in the Last 25 Years Have Been to Create an Education Market

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Using material from Item A and elsewhere, assess the claim that the main aim of education policies in the last 25 years have been to create an education market

Over the last 25 years many policies have been introduced in education. Some critic’s say that an education market has been created but others disagree and say that the policies have helped create equality of opportunity.

Marketisation policies have been introduced, some examples are league tables and open enrolment, these aim to increase competition between schools and also increases parental choice. It is argued that policies like these will raise standards. A lot of these changes are said to be for the market place, these changes include; official statistics, Glossy
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Ofsted is centrally concerned with improving the quality of schooling, providing for literacy and numeracy hours in primary schools, weeding out ineffective teachers, and setting performance targets for each school.
Schools selection procedures become more important than their educational aspirations. Image becomes more important than substance, schools have to sell themselves and educational resources are used for promotional campaigns. If education is a business, then we know what happens to less successful products. Diversity has rapidly become not diversity of choice but diversity by selection. A top school can only stay on top if the product commands demand. Diversity implies a choice from a range of different but equal schools, but it has simply meant an increasing emphasis on selection. Since money now follows pupils, popular schools gain more money. Such schools can therefore be more selective about which pupils they will accept. The initial idea of choice becomes changed and parents no longer choose schools, schools now choose pupils. And, when given the choice, successful schools will select those pupils who are most likely to achieve higher and so improve the reputation of the schools and attract more pupils and more resources. However, choice has turned out to be no existent for a large minority of people. Judd (1997) suggests that between 25-50% of parents do not get their children into their choice of school.

So in conclusion

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