Discuss How Far Sociologists Would Agree That Educational Reforms Have Bought About an Improvement in the Educational Experience of All Students.

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On the one hand, sociologists agree educational reforms have helped all students. One reason for this is because in 1870, the Foster Act allowed free elementary (primary) education. Government used taxes from the rich to educate all, even working class who found it hard to afford. At 1994, the Butler Act was commenced where the Tripartite Education system allowed free secondary education. Also the 11+ exam where it allocated the students into a certain type of school they were sent to, either Grammar, Technical or Secondary Morden School, based on their results. It helped students to be categorized into schools with their working-speed and intelligence which helped push them into having a successful educational experience. The last two reform acts alternate around each other; the beginning of comprehensive schools at 1960s where all students go to same schools regardless of their ability, allowed the minister of education to introduce the Baker Act in 1988. They aimed to improve educational institutions for a better educational experience for all students by raising standards, called Marketisation. This bought on Marketisation where schools try to attract other students by raising standards to show they are most successful. On the other hand, sociologists disagree as most educational reforms have not helped all students, only some or wasn’t very effective enough to help improve educational experiences. For example, the Foster Act wasn’t very helpful as the teaching was dire and students were less successful therefore resulted them in having weak qualifications and bad experiences. The Butler Act system with the 11+ exam was mostly based on middle class children therefore they had a better chance than working class. This was unequal as they had an advantage even though the test was the same. This reform therefore didn’t help all students, mostly middle
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