Marketisation and selection policies

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    • Marketisation has brought in:
      • A funding formula that gives a school the same amount for each pupil.
      • Exam league tables that rank each school according to it's performance and make no allowance for the level of it's pupils' ability.
      • Competition between schools.
    • Youdell and Gilbourne: The A-to-C economy and educational triage
      • Boderline C/D pupils targeted for extra help
      • Those who will pass anyway
      • Hopeless cases
        • Teachers use the notion of ability in which working class and black pupils are labelled as "lacking ability."
        • Pupils who are labelled this way are more likely to be ignored which produces a self-fufilling prophecy and failure.
      • Triage: "sorting."
      • This is a system in which schools ration their time, effort and resources, concentrating on the pupils with the potential to get 5 A*-C GCSE's to boost their position in the league tables.
      • Similar to Lacey's differentitation
    • Competition and selection
      • Cream skimming: selecting higher ability pupils who gain the best results and cost less to teach.
      • Maketisation explains why schools are under pressure to select more able, largely middle class pupils who gain the school a higher ranking in the league tables.
      • Silt-shifting: off-loading pupils with learning difficulties who are expensive to teach and get poor results.
    • An image to attract middle class parents
      • Some schools have responded to marketisation by creating a "traditional," image to attract middle class parents and this too reinforces class division.
      • Fitz: One school spent £10,000 on a pipe organ for assembles and re-named the canteen "the dining hall."
      • Gerwitz: "blurred hierarchy of schools."
  • Maketisation explains why schools are under pressure to select more able, largely middle class pupils who gain the school a higher ranking in the league tables.
  • Gerwitz: "blurred hierarchy of schools."

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