23 SES 13 C, Education Policies Concerning Early School Leaving in European Countries: A Considerable Degree of Convergence? (Part 1)
Symposium: to be continued in 23 SES 14 C
In the last few decades, education has been the subject of persistent and significant reforms in England. The present Coalition government has continued with its predecessors’ policy paradigm, in particular the adaptation of education to the perceived needs of the globalised market and knowledge-based economy, promoting the marketisation of the education system, managerialism, increasing school autonomy, and a discourse of individual aspirations, choice and responsibility. Our policy analysis revealed that while a large number of policy initiatives are aimed at raising attainment, reducing early school leaving (ESL) per se is not part of the policy agenda. The dominant policy discourse in England defines young people NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) as the problem category. Correspondingly, our fieldwork found that national and local youth policies and initiatives are aimed at young people NEET and not ESLs. Our data suggests that although many projects are funded through EU initiatives, there is little official acknowledgement of EU influence on education policy making in England. We found that education is considered a national competence by national as well as local education stakeholders, regardless of political affiliations.
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Network 1. Continuing Professional Development: Learning for Individuals, Leaders, and Organisations
Network 2. Vocational Education and Training (VETNET)
Network 3. Curriculum Innovation
Network 4. Inclusive Education
Network 5. Children and Youth at Risk and Urban Education
Network 6. Open Learning: Media, Environments and Cultures
Network 7. Social Justice and Intercultural Education
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Network 10. Teacher Education Research
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Network 12. LISnet - Library and Information Science Network
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Network 14. Communities, Families and Schooling in Educational Research
Network 15. Research Partnerships in Education
Network 16. ICT in Education and Training
Network 17. Histories of Education
Network 18. Research in Sport Pedagogy
Network 19. Ethnography
Network 20. Research in Innovative Intercultural Learning Environments
Network 22. Research in Higher Education
Network 23. Policy Studies and Politics of Education
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Network 25. Research on Children's Rights in Education
Network 26. Educational Leadership
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