The impact of research evidence on education policy: how MPs respond to evidence in relation to secondary selective education.

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Bainbridge, Alan, Bartley, Joanne and Troppe, Tom 2021. The impact of research evidence on education policy: how MPs respond to evidence in relation to secondary selective education. Forum. 63 (2), pp. 161-168. https://doi.org/10.3898/forum.2021.63.2.14
AuthorsBainbridge, Alan, Bartley, Joanne and Troppe, Tom
Abstract

A detailed analysis of Hansard transcripts was undertaken to explore the dialogue used in parliamentary debates and committee meetings where reference was made to grammar schools between October 2015 to March 2019. During this period, the first new grammar school for 50 years had been approved along with the establishment of the £50 million Selective School Expansion Fund. Detailed qualitative analysis highlighted the widely disproportionate use of the term ‘good’ in relation to grammar schools. It is argued that ‘good’ instead of ‘outstanding’ or ‘excellent’ is chosen in relation to grammar schools as ‘good’ has moral overtones that go beyond reported educational standards. Proportionately the number of comprehensive schools rated good or outstanding, would need to be referred to in conjunction with ‘good’ 6698 times, not the 49 times this actually happened. Campaigners for comprehensive education need to reclaim the discourse of ‘goodness’ for all schools.

KeywordsSchools; UK education system; Grammar schools; Comprehensive schools; Selective schools; UK Government; UK Parliament
Year2021
JournalForum
Journal citation63 (2), pp. 161-168
PublisherLawrence & Wishart
ISSN0963-8253
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3898/forum.2021.63.2.14
Official URLhttps://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/lwish/forum/2021/00000063/00000002/art00014
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Accepted23 Mar 2021
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