The following list of books is recommended to any teachers wishing to learn more about the context of recent developments in British schools. The years of publication are from my own copies.
It is very limited indeed and I would like more suggestions please.
HISTORY OF U.K. EDUCATION
Children, their World, their Education: Final Recommendations of the Cambridge Primary Review (2010) – Robin Alexander (Ed.)
The Failure of Corporate School Reform (2012) – Kenneth J Saltman
Education in a Post-Welfare Society (2009)- Sally Tomlinson
The School Report: Why Britain’s Schools Are Failing (2000) – Nick Davies
A History of Western Education – Volume III: The Modern West, Europe and the New World (1981) – James Bowen
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS, RESISTANCE & ALTERNATIVES
Radical Education and the Common School: A Democratic Alternative (2011) – Michael Fielding and Peter Moss
Finnish Lessons: what can the world learn from educational change in Finland? (2011) – Pasi Sahlberg
Schooling in Western Europe – The New Order and its Adversaries (2007) – VARIOUS
The Global Assault on Teaching, Teachers and their Unions (2008) – Edited by Mary Compton & Lois Weiner
Hidden Privatisation in Public Education (2007) – Stephen J. Ball & Deborah Youdell
The following books provide alternative visions of what education means. They are radical and inspiring and are usually based on the idea that current modes of education stifle creativity and encourage conformity of thought.
ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION/‘FREE’/CHILD-CENTRED/PROGRESSIVE SCHOOLS
How Children Fail (1965) and How Children Learn (1967) – John Holt
The Secret of Childhood (1968) – Maria Montessori
The Educational Innovators – Volume II: Progressive Schools 1881 – 1967 (1968) – Stewart W.A.C.
Summerhill (1968) – A.S. Neill
Free School: The White Lion Experience (1989) – Nigel Wright
The Terrace: An Educational Experiment in a State School (1995) – Michael Duane
Doing It Their Way: Home-Based Education & Autonomous Learning (2002) – Jan Fortune-Wood
The Lives of Children: The Story of the First Street School (1999; introduction by John Holt) – George Dennison
Everywhere and All the Time: A New Deschooling Reader (2008) – Matt Hern (Ed.)
Real Education: Varieties of Freedom (1998) – David Gribble
Lifelines ( 2004) – David Gribble
Worlds Apart (2006) – David Gribble
Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1996) – Paulo Freire
What’s the Point of School? (2008) – Guy Claxton
Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling (2009) – John Taylor Gatto