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Social Policies and Distributional Outcomes Research Paper
The Conservatives' Record on Compulsory education: spending, policies and outcomes in England, May 2015 to pre-COVID 2020
Ruth Lupton and Polina Obolenskaya October 2020
Paper No' SPDORP06:
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Tags: social policy; education; schools; conservative education policy; educational inequalities

This paper reviews education policy in England for the period since the Conservative Government took office in 2015 to the eve of COVID-19 pandemic. We consider the effects of policies on the school system, teachers, curriculum and assessment as well as public spending. We also examine trends in outcomes (attainment, participation and exclusions), placing particular emphasis on socio-economic and spatial inequalities.