The social democratic tradition

  • Ken Jones
Part of the Crisis Points series book series


In 1982 the Labour Party adopted the most radical educational policy in its history. It included: a statutory right to pre-school education; the abolition of corporal punishment; the inclusion of ‘community co-optees’, parents and senior pupils, teaching and non-teaching staff on the governing bodies of schools; a legal definition of comprehensive education as ‘a system in which all children have the right to experience a broadly based curriculum, with equal access to all the opportunities offered in a school’; the introduction of a common exam for all students at 16+; movement towards the abolition of public schools; a unified and comprehensive system of 16–19 education.2


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