With almost daily reports of failings in school management, school discipline and the curriculum, what can be done to improve educational outcomes for everyone?
Pat Thomson takes on England’s muddled education system, highlighting failings caused by the actions of ministers in successive governments. While corrupt actions are taken by some, it is predominantly the corruption of the system that is at fault.
Using the lens of school scandals, she exposes fraudulent and unethical practices, including the skewing of the curriculum and manipulation of results. Thomson argues for an urgent review of current practices, leading to a revitalised education system that has the public good at its heart.
"A well-researched, closely argued and scholarly book, combining theory with vivid contemporary examples, this is a good read that deals with a topic that is extremely timely and relevant." Peter Moss, UCL Institute of Education, University College London
"Drawing on research, policies and investigative journalism, Pat Thomson forensically traces multiple forms of corruption in education. As such, she has done all concerned for public education a great service." Bob Lingard, University of Queensland
Pat Thomson is a Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham. She was previously a headteacher and senior public servant in the Australian school system. She has published many books, is an active blogger at patthomson.net and tweets at @ThomsonPat.
A book about corruption in schools
A scandalous schooling muddle
Reforming public infrastructure
Market mentalities and malpractices
The effects of effectiveness
Secrecy, lies and gaming
Rebuilding organisational infrastructure
A public good agenda for change