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Author Tapper, Ted.

Title Fee-paying schools and educational change in Britain : between the state and the marketplace / Ted Tapper.

Published London ; Portland, OR : Woburn Press, 1997.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bund  371.020941 TAPP {Bund3 20110303}    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 219 p. ; 24 cm.
Series The Woburn education series
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-214) and index.
Contents 1. Understanding Educational Change in the Fee-paying Sector -- 2. Whatever Happened to the Poor and Needy Scholars? -- 3. Charitable Status and Access to Private Schooling: A Troubled Relationship -- 4. Uncoupling the Maintained and Fee-paying Sectors: From 1944 to 1976 -- 5. The Fleming Committee, the Public Schools Commission and the Frustration of Good Intentions -- 6. From the Direct Grant Schools to the Assisted Places Scheme -- 7. Principles and Politics in the Process of Educational Change -- 8. Making the Product More Widely Available -- 9. In Pursuit of Policy Consensus -- 10. From the Politics of Education to the Economics of Education.
Summary This book offers a timely evaluation of how a unified educational system might be achieved. Could the private and maintained sectors merge into a new and different whole, or would selected access to educational resources inevitably sabotage such an ambition? The book begins with a historical overview of access to private schooling and shows how the public schools changed from charitable institutions for 'poor and needy scholars' to exclusive and privileged establishments for the children of the well-to-do. There have been well intentioned attempts to widen access to fee-paying schools, up to and including the recent assisted places scheme. Strikingly, despite the increase in fees to a level beyond the reach of all but the rich, the independent schools have not only survived the comprehensivisation years but have prospered. The author has an explanation for this phenomenon.
The book concludes with a discussion on selection - the key to a divided educational system - and considers how the selection process may be made to work so that in the future all pupils may get the best from their education, regardless of family income or social background.
Subject Private schools -- Great Britain -- Finance.
Endowed public schools (Great Britain) -- Finance.
Education and state -- Great Britain.
Educational change -- Great Britain.
ISBN 0713001976 (hardback)
0713040300 (pbk.)