British Private Schools: Research on Policy and Practice

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Geoffrey Walford
Psychology Press, 2003 - Education - 226 pages
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British private schools are a continuing topic of fascination for many. In particular, the leading so-called public schools have long been subjected both to criticism for their elitism and praise for their academic success. Traditionally, Conservative governments have strongly supported the private sector through special funding such as the Assisted Places Scheme, while Labour governments have reduced the private sector's support from the state and threatened to abolish it. However, the present new Labour government has reversed Labour's former oppostion to private schools and sought co-operation between the two sectors. This has led to an increasing interest in the realities of the private schools; and this book brings together the best of recently conducted research on the various aspects of private schooling, through a series of specially commissioned, previously unpublished essays.
  

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Contents

Bridging the Divide ll
11
The Trades Union Congress and the Public Schools
31
The Girls
57
Intakes and Examination Results at State and Private Schools
77
Teacher Sickness Absence in Independent Schools
107
Girls in Former Boys Independent
127
Legal Meaning
144
Private and
177
Economic Aspirations Cultural Replication and
194
The University Challenge
208
Index
225
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Geoffrey Walford is Professor of Education Policy and a Fellow of Green College at Oxford University. He is the author of over 100 academic articles and books, and the Editor of the Oxford Review of Education.

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