comprehensive schools

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  • comprehensive education
    • introduced during 1960s and 1970s
    • pressure for comprehensives came from Labour governments
    • all pupils in an area would attend the same school and have the same educational opportunities
    • pupils would have more opportunities to gain qualifications
    • to help break down the class barriers in society as one school for all pupils in a particular area meant that all social classes would be brought together
    • to remove the stigma of academic failure at age eleven
    • to remove the inequalities of the tri-tripartite system
    • criticisms
      • The new right claims comprehensive result in the 'dumbing down' of educational provision with the academically stronger being held back.
      • the comprehensive system is not actually 'comprehensive'. it was introduced at different times in different areas. Private schools undermined attempt to provide 'one school for all'
      • inequality continued within comprehensive schools through setting and streaming ' tri-partite system under one roof'
      • The comprehensive system did not create 'classless schools'  as schools reflected the socio economic make up of the catchment area
      • changes to do with education system in 1980s-90s reduced equal access to same educational opportunities
        • competition between schools allowing schools 'opt out' created differences between schools
    • strengths and achievements of comprehensive education
      • A much higher proportion of pupils have had the opportunity to obtain qualifications
      • pass rates in GCSE and A level have all risen.
      • it seems that brighter pupils are not held back in comprehensive schools
    • why have comprehensive schools failed to meet their original aims
      • original aims
        • to create more equal access to educational opportunity
        • to break down the class divisions in British society
      • reasons
        • some public opinion opposed comprehensive education. The new right claimed that academically capable pupils were held back in comprehensives.
        • Not all teachers all fully supported the comprehensive system and some found it difficult to adapt to the new range of pupils in their schools


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