British Private Schools: Research on Policy and Practice

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Overview

British private schools are a continuing topic of fascination for many. In particular, the leading so-called public schools have long been subjected both to criticism for their elitism and praise for their academic success. Traditionally, Conservative governments have strongly supported the private sector through special funding such as the Assisted Places Scheme, while Labour governments have reduced the private sector's support from the state and threatened to abolish it. However, the present new Labour government has reversed Labour's former oppostion to private schools and sought co-operation between the two sectors. This has led to an increasing interest in the realities of the private schools; and this book brings together the best of recently conducted research on the various aspects of private schooling, through a series of specially commissioned, previously unpublished essays.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780713002287
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Series: Woburn Education Series
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Introduction 1
1 From Labour to New Labour: Bridging the Divide between State and Private Schooling 11
2 The Trades Union Congress and the Public Schools 1870-1970 31
3 Planning Enlightenment and Dignity: The Girls' Schools 1918-58 57
4 Intakes and Examination Results at State and Private Schools 77
5 Teacher Sickness Absence in Independent Schools 107
6 Use and Ornament: Girls in Former Boys' Independent Schools 127
7 Independent Schools and Charitable Status: Legal Meaning, Taxation Advantages, and Potential Removal 144
8 Muslim Schools in Britain 158
9 Parental Choice and Involvement: Private and State Schools 177
10 Economic Aspirations, Cultural Replication and Social Dilemmas - Interpreting Parental Choice of British Private Schools 194
11 Choice Or Chance: The University Challenge - How Schools Reproduce and Produce Social Capital in the Choice Process 208
Index 225
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