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Emerging discourses within the English ‘choice advice’ policy network

By Sonia Exley


This paper examines regulating discourses ‘spoken’ within the complex multi‐sector network of educational policy and provision that has grown from a recent introduction of choice advisers in England. Choice advice documentation from across the network is examined and four discursive themes are identified: equity; parental responsibility; independence/impartiality; and realism. The paper suggests that choice advice – as an English policy case illustrating broader social and political trends – superficially promotes empowerment for disadvantaged parents with a depoliticised, managerial approach while disempowering them by diverting attention away from wider stratification and shifting responsibility for educational quality away from the state

Topics: L Education (General)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1080/14748460903290249
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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