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Critically analyse the ways in which education can be viewed as party political, by referring to specific policies/ issues prevalent since 1945. Education is politics; it is the way in which a country defines itself and sustains its cultural being, passing down ideas, knowledge, traditions and beliefs from generation to generation (Ward and Eden, 2009). This essay will critically analyse the ways in which education can be viewed as party political, by referring to specific policies and issues prevalent since 1945. Throughout this assignment the main focus will be the curriculum in England, starting with how it derived, how it has changed over the years, what effects it has had on the nation and why it is seen to be a vital part of the English education system. Alongside the assignment title the author will use evidence to try and answer the following question; has the national curriculum raised standards in the English education system? This is a question that has often caused many political debates, with professionals amongst others discussing what effects the national curriculum has had on the wider society. Before commencing with the assignment it is of extreme importance that some key terms are defined, to ensure that everyone is of the same understanding whilst reading this assignment. The first key term that will be defined is ‘Curriculum’; it is of great importance that this term is defined as this is the main focus of this assignment. Edward., et al (2013) states that curriculum refers to the means and resources in which students interact with in order to achieve identified educational outcomes. In agreement with this the national government website states:
The National Curriculum is the agenda for teaching and learning in schools. It establishes the subjects taught and the knowledge, skills and understanding required for each subject. It also sets…...

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