From Architectural Policymaking to Organic Change - Revisiting the Abolition of the Colleges of Education

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


This paper revisits the abolition of the colleges of education in England and Wales, specialist providers of teacher training which were effectively eradicated in the years after Margaret Thatcher's 1972 White Paper Education: A Framework for Expansion. Its central argument is that the way in which change was enacted thereafter represented a significant break with the model of policymaking which had held sway since the end of World War Two. Whilst more far-reaching change would come after Mrs Thatcher's 'conversion' to neoliberalism later in the decade, the fate of the colleges of education was, I argue, an important if largely overlooked episode in the history of education textendash especially in terms of violating the collaborative relationship between central government and local authorities which had, until that point, dominated education policy in post-war Britain.
Period8 Jul 2017
Event title12th Journal of Vocational Education and Training Conference: Researching Policy and Practice in Vocational Education and Training
Event typeConference
Conference number12
LocationOxford, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational