Education, Education, Education: Reforming England's schools Paperback – 4 Sep 2012
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'exhilaratingly unapologetic, well-sourced, highly readable and generally persuasive...Read it.' -- Martin Kettle, The Guardian.
'Buy the book. Buy it for your mother. Buy it for everyone you know. It is such a clear analysis of what went wrong with British schools and how to put it right.' -- John Rentoul, Independent Blogs.
'The particular joy of this book is that it doesn't merely recount the history: it pre-empts Labour's 2015 education manifesto' -- Adrian Hilton, RightMinds.
'David Cameron should make each of his ministers read this book ... Adonis offers some very good tips on how to be a successful reformer. He demonstrates how a great vision can be delivered.' -- Kenneth Baker, The Telegraph
He was the most effective education minister we have seen in Britain in recent years; let s hope he becomes an equally effective education secretary." --Anthony Seldon, New Statesman,
'a must-read for anyone interested in education or how to drive through public service reform.' -- Progress Online
' excellent...The book is hybrid: part history, part memoir, part handbook for reformers' -- Financial Times
'If you want to understand New Labour thinking on education then read this book.' -- Left Futures
'compellingly written ... this is an important book, and a powerful reminder that between the forces of marketised deregulation and statist management there is indeed a third way of educational transformation and improvement' --Chris Husbands, Times Educational Supplement
About the Author
Andrew Adonis was an architect of education reform under Tony Blair, serving in the No. 10 Policy Unit and then as Minister for Schools from 1998 until 2008. He went on to become Transport Secretary under Gordon Brown. The academies programme is his major achievement. An entirely new breed of independent state schools, academies are changing the face of education nationwide, particularly where they have replaced failing comprehensive schools.
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For anyone who has heard Andrew Adonis speak, it is obvious the passion he brings to bear on "big problems" he cares about, whether it be transport, education, or even democracy itself (e.g. [...]). He's a perfect example of a Peer with a pulse and because of this, as a previous reviewer noted, the first half of the book is a 'cracking read'.
Not everyone will agree with the viability of all his manifesto points in the second half of the book - though how boring would that be?! I certainly didn't, but every suggestion is well argued, and the reader will often find themselves persuaded.
The author is sometimes painted as having a one-dimensional, academies-are-the-answer-to-everything point of view, but in fairness to Adonis, he does devote page space to the barriers to, and limitations of, the model. Maybe a bit more of this would improve the book, but for me it's still a solid 5-stars even before getting to: Chapter 12 - How to be a Reformer.
If you are trying to put your own small, in the late Steve Jobs' words, "dent in the Universe", then this chapter alone is worth the price of admission regardless of your field of endeavour.
From there he progressed, through various intermediary roles, to being one of Tony Blair's advisers at No. 10, where he started putting together his plan for the roll out of academies. Independent state-funded schools with external sponsorship, and a governance structure that left them free from intervention by the local authority. The book details how he gradually came to persuade a succession of Secretaries of State in the Education Department (and there have been a fair few of them: I have worked in the department for fourteen years and have seen eight of them come and go!) to embark upon the programme, though he was encumbered by his position as an éminence grise which limited his capacity for hand on engagement. As a succession of Secretaries of State wove their temporary way through Sanctuary Buildings, the Department's headquarters under the shadow of Westminster Abbey, he became increasingly frustrated as none of them showed the same zeal as him for promoting academies.Read more ›
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This text gives a very account of policy issues and a good insight education reform in English schools. Highly recommended.
Trevor Dunn (Cambridge)
Great book recommended to me by another teacher, a must read if working in schoolsPublished 18 months ago by Dominic Beresford