The Welsh Assembly Government’s approach to education policy has been highlighted as a clear example of the ‘clear red water’ that has emerged between English and Welsh policy. For example, the rhetoric in Wales has stressed the key role of education within the community and the importance of principles such as social justice, universalism, trust of providers, and equality of outcomes. This is typically contrasted with the ‘consumerist’ approach adopted within England which has provided a key role for assessment and the publication of schools data. For example, the Welsh Assembly Government abandoned league tables for primary and secondary schools and the Daugherty Report, published in 2003, was commissioned by WAG to undertake a review of the country’s assessment procedures – leading to Key Stage Two and Three tests becoming optional.
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