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Education, Law and Diversity

Schooling for One and All?

By: Neville Harris
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Published: 29-07-2021
Format: Paperback
Edition: 2nd
Extent: 616
ISBN: 9781509953547
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP: £42.99
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About Education, Law and Diversity

This new edition of Education, Law and Diversity provides extensive updated analysis, from a legal perspective, of how the education system responds to social diversity and how the relevant social and cultural rights of individuals and groups are affected. It spans wide-ranging areas of school provision, including: types of school (including faith schools), the school curriculum, choice of school, out-of-school settings, and duties towards children with special needs and disabilities. It gives extensive coverage to children's rights in the context of education and includes considerable new material on issues including relationships and sex education, exclusion from school, home education, equal access, counter-extremism and academisation. The new edition also retains and updates areas of debate in the book, such as those concerned with multiculturalism and the position of religion in schools. It continues to focus on England but also makes reference to other jurisdictions within the UK and internationally. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the legal and related policy issues surrounding children's education today.

Table Of Contents

1. Children's Education and the Law in a Diverse Society
I. Introduction
II. Rights
III. Integration, Identity and Multiculturalism
IV. Conclusion
2. Responsibility for Children's Education
I. Introduction
II. Th e State's Role in Supporting Access to Education
III. Conclusion
3. Institutional Diversity in a Developing Schools System
I. Introduction
II. State Education: Separate National Systems within the UK
III. Schools and Education: Th e Role of the State 1870–1980
IV. Towards a More Diverse Schools System: 1980–1997 7
V. Diversity and Control of Schools Under 'New Labour' 1997–2010
VI. A New 'Moral Order'? Education Reform Since 2010
VII. Conclusion
4. Equal Access for Children to Education Settings
I. Introduction
II. Equality and the Right to Education
III. Th e Equality Act 2010 and Children's Education
IV. Conclusion
5. School Admission Policies and Decisions
I. Introduction
II. 'Pupils are to be Educated in Accordance with the Wishes of their Parents'
III. Fair Admissions?
IV. Th e Implications of School Preference
V. Conclusion
6. Secular Education in the State Sector: A Curriculum for All?
I. Introduction
II. Centralisation and a National Curriculum
III. 'Fundamental British Values' and Countering Extremism
IV. Sex and Relationships Education and Health Education
V. Conclusion
7. Religion in the School Curriculum
I. Introduction
II. Religious Education
III. Collective Worship
IV. Creationism and 'Intelligent Design'
V. Conclusion
8. Education Outside the State Sector
I. Introduction
II. Regulation and Control of the Curriculum in Independent Schools
III. Home Education and Unregistered Schooling
IV. Conclusion
9. Special Educational Needs: Voice, Place and Choice
I. Introduction
II. SEND and Children and Young People in England
III. Voice
IV. Place
V. Choice
VI. Conclusion
10. Conclusion: Schooling for One and All?


“This is 'law in context' scholarship at its finest. … It will be an invaluable tool for anyone undertaking research into any of the plethora of issues, debates and areas of legal practice covered here; for lawyers and non-lawyers alike. For child and family lawyers – for whom education law is still sometimes perceived as in some ways a marginal subject – it is not only an essential source but a reminder of the centrality of education in the lives of children and parents alike. It is also a reminder that education law disputes reveal and provoke the questions, and test to the limits the prevailing answers, about the fundamental nature of the relationships between parents, children and the state.” –  Daniel Monk, Birkbeck, University of London, Child and Family Law Quarterly

“It is a fascinating read, informative and thought-provoking in equal measure, and – unlike a standard legal text – really repays a cover to cover read ... Education, Law and Diversity is as comprehensive as it is ambitious, easy to read despite being in-depth, and well structured and laid out in just nine (admittedly lengthy) main chapters. A real tour de force!” –  Iain Nisbet, Journal of the Law Society of Scotland

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