A More Separate Education System in Wales?

Catherine Farrell, Jennifer Law

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    Education in England and Wales is frequently dealt with as one indivisible system. However, there are currently signs of an emerging Welsh education system which is more separate from England than historically has been the case. There are, for example, an increased number of educational institutions which are unique to Wales. In addition, the impact of a number of key educational reforms such as grant-maintained schools has been more limited in Wales due to a distinctive cultural and social environment. There are also proposals to develop specific initiatives such as the Welsh Baccalaureate. With the election of a Labour government, educational differences between England and Wales may be further extended, for example, with the recent White Paper for Wales and when the proposals to establish a Welsh Assembly are enacted.

    This paper examines the distinctive nature of Welsh education. It is divided into three parts. Part one examines the historical development of education in Wales. Part two considers education reforms which have been introduced since 1979 and highlights the features unique to Wales. Part three focuses on the distinctive characteristics of education in Wales. Conclusions are drawn on the extent to which education in Wales differs from that of England.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)170-181
    JournalContemporary Wales
    Publication statusPublished - 1998


    • Education
    • Wales
    • Welsh education system


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