Review of UK Education - Background References

(Last updated 29/9/17)

Comparative Analysis of Education Policy and Leadership in the UK

OECD (2016) Education at a Glance: country note United Kingdom

Trends in the governance of education in the UK. Special issue of Local Government Studies 40(6) 2014, edited by Michael Connolly, Catherine Farrell and Chris James,

Education in a federal UK. Special issue of Oxford Review of Education 42(3) 2016, edited by John Furlong and Ingrid Lunt. 

Chapman, C et al (eds)(2012) School Effectiveness and Improvement Research, Policy and Practice: challenging the orthodoxy, Routledge. Edited book from ESRC seminar series on England/Wales/Scotland/NI

Simkins, T. (2014) ‘Governance in education in the United Kingdom: convergence or divergence’, Local Government Studies 40(6), 986-1002

Baird, J-A and Gray, L (2016) ‘The meaning of curriculum-related examination standards in Scotland and England: a home–international comparison’, Oxford Review of Education, 42(3), 266-284


Brighouse, T. (2017) ‘How can we tackle hate crime with four school systems?’ 

Scottish Education and Education Policy

Official documents

OECD (2015) Improving Schools in Scotland: an OECD perspective

Scottish Government (2016) Delivering Excellence and Equity in Scottish Education: A Delivery Plan for Scotland 

Scottish Government (2017) Education Governance: Next steps - empowering our teachers, parents and communities to deliver excellence and equity for our children

Research papers and analyses

Arnott, M. (2014) ‘Westminster no more! Governance , devolution an delegation in Scotland’, Local Government Studies 40(6), 910-922

Arnott, M and Ozga, J. (2016) 'Education and nationalism in Scotland: governing a “learning nation”Oxford Review of Education, 42(3), 253-265

Welsh Education and Education Policy

Official documents

OECD (2014) Improving Schools in Wales: an OECD perspective

OECD (2017) The Welsh Education Reform Journey: a rapid policy assessment 

Welsh Government (2017) Education in Wales: our national mission 2017-21

Research papers and analyses

Farrell, C. (2014) ‘School governance in Wales’, Local Government Studies 40(6), 923-937

Power, S (2016) ‘The politics of education and the misrecognition of Wales’, Oxford Review of Education, 42(3), 285-298

Taylor, C., Rees, M and Waldron, S. (2016) ‘Implementing curriculum reform in Wales: the case of the Foundation Phase’, Oxford Review of Education, 42(3), 299-315


Power, S (2014) Wales and the politics of education. BERA blog. 

English Education and Education Policy

Official documents

House of Commons (2014) Academies and Free Schools: Fourth Report of Session 2014-15 [HC2588]. London: House of Commons.

Department for Education (2016) Educational Excellence Everywhere (CM9230)  (White Paper)

Ofsted (2016) The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2015/16

Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2015/16

Research papers and analyses

Structural reform in England: emerging configurations of governance and leadership in the new “local”. Special issue of Educational Management Administration and Leadership 42(3), 2014, edited by Tim Simkins and Philip Woods

Ainscow, M. (2015) Towards Self-Improving School Systems. London: Routledge.

Whitty, G and Wisby, E. (2016) ‘Education in England – a testbed for network governance?’, Oxford Review of Education, 42(3), 316-329

Hillman, N. (2016) ‘The Coalition’s higher education reforms in England’, Oxford Review of Education, 42(3), 330-345

NFER (2016) A Tale of Eight Regions: Part 1 A Snapshot of the Evolving School System across the Regional School Commissioner Regions, Reading: NFER. 

Sandals, L. and B. Bryant (2014) The Evolving Education System in England: A 'Temperature Check'. London: Department for Education.

Northern Ireland Education and Education Policy

Research papers and analyses

Gardner, J. (2016) ‘Education in Northern Ireland since the Good Friday Agreement: Kabuki theatre meets danse macabre’, Oxford Review of Education, 42(3), 346-361

Gallagher, T. (2016) ‘Shared education in Northern Ireland: school collaboration in divided societies’, Oxford Review of Education, 42(3), 362-375

Perry, C. (2016) The Education System in Northern Ireland. Research briefing Paper. Northern Ireland Assembly

Burns, S., Leitch, R. and Hughes, J. (2015) Education Inequalities in Northern Ireland: final report to the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland School of Education, Queen’s University, Belfast



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