I don’t know about you…but I find policy questions throw some of my students.., specially how one policy can have a positive impact on one aim and negative on another.
This activity is all about some of the policies under the 1988 Education Reform Act.
The aims of education policy were stuck on the board.
Students in small groups had one policy to focus on. They had to consider which aims that policy linked to..and whether in a negative or positive way.
They then blu tacked their policy on the board and draw link arrows to policies and along each arrow note how it was positive or not. Ie, league tables linked +ve as a marketisation strategy for competition and choice. …but -ve as it created sink schools and increased social inequality in social class and attainment.
We then used this to construct peele paragraphs for past paper questions.