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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 scale in policy

Scalecraft and education governance

By focusing on the area of education governance and drawing on the empirical cases of England’s academy schools policy and European education governance, the book presents scalecraft as a novel conceptual lens for addressing the scalar blind spot of policy analysis.

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Education and Race from Empire to Brexit

This book offers an historically informed discussion of the failure of the education systems in Britain to counter hostilities towards racial and ethnic minorities and migrants, which have escalated after the vote to leave the European Union, and left schools and universities failing to engage with a multiracial- multicultural society.

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The End of Aspiration?

Social mobility and our children’s fading prospects

Duncan Exley draws on expert research and real life experiences – including from an actor, a politician, a billionaire entrepreneur and a surgeon – to issue a wake-up call to break through segregated opportunity. He offers a manifesto to reboot our prospects and benefit all.

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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.

Bristol Uni Press

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.

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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.

Bristol Uni Press

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.

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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.

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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.

Bristol Uni Press

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.

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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.

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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.

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