Post-Compulsory Education and Lifelong Learning Across the United Kingdom

Policy, Organisation and Governance

March 2011
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  • Publisher
    UCL IOE Press
  • Published
    15th March 2011
  • ISBN 9780854739042
  • Language English
  • Pages 188 pp.
  • Size 6.25" x 9.25"

Post-Compulsory Education and Lifelong Learning across the United Kingdom brings together the perspectives of researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from across England, Wales and Scotland to produce a rich, up-to-date and highly textured source of evidence about this under-researched sector. The contributors analyse how each country’s approach to national policy, organisation, governance and practice operates and show that by understanding this in-depth, one can move beyond simplistic comparisons, policy borrowing and idealisations towards a more effective mode of government in the future.

"In their comparative analyses, the authors show how similarities in funding priorities, policy decisions and program delivery coexist with differences that derive from the history, culture and political arrangements of each country. This book illuminates our understanding of cross-national convergence and divergence patterns in policy formulation."

Daniel Schugurensky, School of Public Affairs and School of Social Transformation - , Arizona State University

"A fascinating, timely and stimulating contribution to the field of post-compulsory education and lifelong learning."

Dr Roy Canning - , Stirling Institute of Education, Scotland

"The influential policy analysts and thinkers who have contributed to this book present us with a really useful and up to date analysis of policy networks, political narratives and governance as they affect the future of post-16 education and training in the UK."

Professor John Polesel, Melbourne Graduate School of Education - , The University of Melbourne

“The book usefully draws the readers’ attention to the continuities, ruptures and contradictions in the education policies developed by the home nations.”

Professor James Avis, Education and Professional Development - , University of Sheffield

Notes on contributors
Foreword by David Raffe

1 National education systems: The wider context - Ann Hodgson and Ken Spours

2 The English skills policy narrative - Ewart Keep
3 The Scottish perspective: Continuity and change post-devolution - Janet Lowe and Vernon Gayle
4 Devolution, policy-making and lifelong learning: The case of Wales - Gareth Rees

5 Organisational arrangements in England, Scotland and Wales: How the systems work - Ann Hodgson, Ken Spours and Martyn Waring with Stuart Gardner, Jim Gallacher and Dennis Gunning
6 Policy into practice: Provider perspectives - David James

7 Convergence, divergence and post-devolution politics across the UK: The shaping role of the state, markets and democracy - Ken Spours
8 Post-compulsory education and lifelong learning across the UK: Moving from managed divergence to a new period of uncertainty - Ann Hodgson, Ken Spours, Martyn Waring, Jim Gallacher, Ewart Keep and Gareth Rees


Ann Hodgson

Ann Hodgson is at the Institute of Education, University of London (UK).

Ken Spours

Ken Spours is Reader in Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.

Martyn Waring

Martyn Waring is Visiting Research Associate at the Institute of Education, University of London (UK).