Geoff Whitty: Privatisation and Marketisation in Education Policy (PDF) 

Geoff Whitty: Privatisation and Marketisation in Education Policy (PDF) 
NUT conference: ‘Involving the Private Sector in Education: Value Added or High Risk?’, London, 21 November 2000

Before talking about private sector involvement in specific recent education initiatives, I want us to think a bit about how what we are talking about here today relates to wider aspects of privatisation.  I wrote my first paper on the 'privatisation of education' back in 1984 for an American journal, Educational Leadership. What was arguably important about that paper, and another one I wrote with a colleague a few years later, was that it tried to distinguish between different meanings of the term ‘privatisation’ and I think that remains important today, especially if we are posing the question of this conference: ‘Involving the Private Sector in Education: Value Added or High Risk?’  Because I shall want to argue that things which may seem to add value in the short-term may also pose a risk in the longer term.

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