Reasons to be cheerful: the story of one community school and the New Labour government

Simmons, Katy (2010). Reasons to be cheerful: the story of one community school and the New Labour government. FORUM, 52(1) pp. 107–117.

Abstract

This article looks at the struggle of one secondary school and its local community to improve educational opportunities and life chances for its students. The author, a long-term governor at the school, uses the school's story as a lens through which to look at some of the major educational initiatives of New Labour's time in office. Without these initiatives, the schools' story - and the lives of its students - would be very different. The school's fortunes have been positively affected by government policies.

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