Course Description

Course Name

Two Children - Options and Decisions in English Education

Session: VLNU3522

Hours & Credits

10 UK Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.



English education policy, over the past 70 years, focused on the development and expansion of educational opportunity so that there is diversity of educational provision within England coupled with a drive for increased parental engagement and choice. Education structures in place since the 1960s have been transformed by the recent introduction of the academies, free schools, city technology colleges and the re-birth of the grammar school. Distinct legal frameworks govern each type of school, which brings particular obligations for curriculum and accountability. All of this runs in parallel to the diverse, albeit costly, provision available within the private sector.
This module will enable students to develop a breadth of knowledge of English education so that they can explore the choices that parents must makes as they select the most appropriate educational provision for their child. Students will explore and gain an understanding of the different freedoms enjoyed by each type of school, who is accountable for children’s educational outcomes, the position of parents in the school community and the funding models that are applied.
By the end of the module, international students will be able to draw comparisons between the components of the English system and similar elements in their home country. A framework built upon social and economic drivers, curricula, accountability structures and the potential to develop meaningful parental engagement will facilitate these comparisons.

Students who successfully complete this module will:
  • Know the key drivers for educational reform in England and how this has driven policy and legislation.
  • Know the range of provision available at each stage of a child’s education.
  • Understand the differences in curriculum available in each school.
  • Understand the differences in governance and accountability in each type of school.

*Course content subject to change