Policy Press

Publishing with a Purpose

Education

We publish a selection of books for academics, teacher trainers, students and policy makers, focusing on Education policy and politics. On this site, alongside Stephen Ball’s hugely successful The education debate, you can browse through professional development resources, research monographs and textbooks on the Sociology of Education, Evidence and Education, Early years Education and issues around Education, inequality and social justice. 

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The politics of public education

Reform ideas and issues

This book critically examines the key issues facing the public with implications for education policy makers, professionals and researchers, confronting current issues about social justice and segregation. She uses Arendtian ideas to help the reader to ‘think politically’ about education and how public services education can be reimagined.

English universities in crisis

Markets without competition

Student fees have saddled graduates with enormous debt, satisfaction rates are low, a high proportion of graduates are in non-graduate jobs, and public debt from unpaid loans is rocketing. This timely and challenging analysis gives robust new policy proposals to encourage excellence and ultimately benefit society.

Who are universities for?

Re-making higher education

Who are universities for? argues for a large-scale shake up of how we organise higher education. It includes radical proposals for reform of the curriculum and how we admit students to higher education. Offering concrete solutions, it provides a way forward for universities to become more responsive to challenges.

Education Policy

Evidence of equity and effectiveness

Supported by 20 years of extensive, international research, this approachable text brings invaluable insights into the underlying problems within education policy, and proposes practical solutions for a brighter future.

Supporting children when parents separate

Embedding a crisis intervention approach within family justice, education and mental health policy

A fresh approach to supporting children who experience parental separation and divorce. Murch argues for preventative intervention which responds to children's worries when they first present them, without waiting until things have gone badly wrong.

The soul of a university

Why excellence is not enough

How can we re-establish universities’ social purpose? The solution lies with asking not only ‘what are we good at?’, but also ‘what are we good for?’. Chris Brink shows how universities can – and should - promote positive social change.

Gender based violence in university communities

Policy, prevention and educational initiatives

This book provides the first in-depth overview of research and practice in GBV in universities. It sets out the international context of ideologies, politics and institutional structures that underlie responses to GBV in elsewhere in Europe, in the US, and in Australia, and consider the implications of implementing related policy and practice.

Human rights and equality in education

Comparative perspectives on the right to education for minorities and disadvantaged groups

This interdisciplinary collection explores how a human rights perspective offers new insights and tools into the current obstacles to education. It examines the role of private actors, the need to hold states to account, the balance between religion, culture and education, girls’ right to education and the role of courts.

White privilege

The myth of a post-racial society

Why and how do those from black and minority ethnic communities continue to be marginalised? Bhopal explores how neoliberal policy-making has increased discrimination faced by those from non-white backgrounds. This important book examines the impact of race on wider issues of inequality and difference in society.

Countering Extremism in British Schools?

The Truth about the Birmingham Trojan Horse Affair

In 2014 the ‘Trojan Horse’ affair, an alleged plot to ‘Islamify’ several state schools in Birmingham, caused a previously highly successful school to be vilified. Holmwood and O’Toole challenge the accepted narrative and show how it was used to justify an intrusive counter extremism agenda.

The impact of co-production

From community engagement to social justice

Edited by Aksel Ersoy

This text brings together academics, artists, practitioners and ‘community activists’ to explore the possibilities for and tensions of social justice work under the contemporary drive for community-oriented ‘impact’ in the academy.

Miseducation

Inequality, education and the working classes

This book brings Brian Jackson and Dennis Marsden’s pioneering Education and the Working Class from 1962 up to date for the 21st century and reveals what we can do to achieve a fairer education system.