Policy Mortality and Education Policy: A Response To Gunter and Courtney

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Richard Davies


This note offers reflections, largely by way of questions, in response to an article published by Helen Gunter and Steve Courtney in the British Journal of Educational Studies Volume 71, 2023 – Issue 4. It expresses reservations about what they have to say, especially about their assertion that, for England, governments have adopted ‘failure’ as a deliberate strategy to impel reform – indeed have required failure as central to policy design.

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