In this section you will explore three governments post 1979 as well as the condition education was in in 1979 itself. In summary,
Conservatives (Margaret Thatcher) policies have attempted to improve standards by creating freedom in the sector – the overall conclusion, however, is that the gap between different groups of people widened with the rich getting a better education and the poor being left behind.
New Labour policies attempt to drive up standards also, but through the concept of marketisation. Great improvement was made as greater exploration was seen through including ethnic and gender based inequalities, not just economical. The Coalition government (2010-2015) developed the marketisation policies making academisation compulsory. A great emphasis was placed on empowering teachers and returning to a more rigorous education system. All these governments will be explored in more depth through using the menu.