School of Education


Education Research Seminar – 17 November 2016

The Education Research Centre and School of Education presented this seminar on Thursday 17th November on Falmer Campus:

 A neoconservative moment?  Education for character and the nation in the 21st century, by Professor Gary McCulloch

Conservative policies in education have often been analysed in terms of their neoliberal characteristics.  In the early years of the 21st century, the neoconservative themes of education policy are also highly visible.  In this seminar Prof McCulloch reviewed the key themes of Conservative policies in education in the 20th century before examining the emergence of neoconservative themes over the past decade, exploring continuities and changes in education policy since the 1980s, and current prospects for new and alternative themes.

 Gary McCulloch is the Brian Simon Professor of the History of Education and Director of the International Centre for Historical Research in Education at UCL Institute of Education London.  He is currently vice-president and president-elect of the British Educational Research Association and Editor of the British Journal of Educational Studies.  His recent publications include The Struggle for the History of Education (2011) and (with Tom Woodin and Steven Cowan) Secondary Education and the Raising of the School Leaving Age (2013). He is currently completing a social history of educational studies and research.


Slides from his powerpoint presentation are here:


Hear him giving an outline of his talk here (3 mins):

The full recording is available to staff and students for internal and educational uses – send an email from a UoB email address to to be given the link.

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