Parent choice, diversity of school provision and the idea of a quasi-market in schools have dominated education policy for the last thirty years since the passage of the 1988 Great Education Reform Act. But has the market worked in the way that was intended? Are schools better? Do we have a fairer school system? Do parents really have choice?Author and journalist Fiona Millar looks at why these policies have proved so seductive to a generation of politicians and seeks to uncover whether we really are are doing 'the best for all our children'. If we are not, what future reform could and should look like.'This is an area that has preoccupied me since the early 1990s when my own children's school was one of the first to be named and shamed by Ofsted,' explains Millar. 'We had first hand experience of how the market worked in practice so this is an area I have followed with close interest every since. Thirty years on from the 1988 Act I feel we are ready for a new approach but that is important to understand what worked and what could be better. I hope my book will help to answer those questions.'
Best For My Child by Fiona Millar