Testing Times: Success, Failure and Fiasco in Welsh Education Policy Since Devolution (Paperback)

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The Welsh Government’s Department of Education was famously called ‘dysfunctional’ by its own Minister. In Testing Times, a forensic and devastating critique of the Welsh Government’s strategies and initiatives since devolution, the respected educationalist Philip Dixon argues that this is still the case, stating: “If you want to find the weakest link in Welsh education today then look no further.” A strong supporter of devolution and a firm believer that Wales has the capability to create a world class educational system, Dixon is brutally and refreshingly honest when identifying the major failures in the Welsh Government’s creation and implementation of educational policy. He criticises a culture which he describes as overly complacent and occasionally reckless. Essential reading for teaching professionals and education policy researchers, as well as for parents and school governors, Dixon also perceptively describes the educational journey made by modern-day Welsh children as they move through school, and the major implications of the 2014 Donaldson Review. He pulls no punches in examining key statistical data to judge the effectiveness of Wales’ education system. Finally, following the 2016 National Assembly elections and the appointment of a new Education Minister, Dixon, in the guise of a ‘critical friend,’ outlines a number of essential questions that need to be addressed if Wales is not to languish forever at the lower end of international comparison tables with a system that is noticeably worse than its immediate neighbours in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and England. Testing Times will ruffle the feathers of the political peacocks who’ve ruled the educational roost since 1999 and presided over numerous debacles and fiascos.

About the Author

Philip Dixon is a highly regarded commentator on the Welsh education scene. 

Product Details
ISBN: 9781860571244
ISBN-10: 1860571247
Publisher: Welsh Academic Press
Publication Date: March 26th, 2020
Pages: 200
Language: English