The Challenges Facing Comprehensive Schools

FORUM - ISSN 0963-8253
Volume 47 Number 2 & 3 (2005)

The Challenges Facing Comprehensive Schools
CLYDE CHITTY pages 207-211
DOI: 10.2304/forum.2005.47.2.11


This article is an edited version of a talk written for delivery at a conference organised to celebrate 50 years of Kidbrooke Comprehensive School with the overall theme 'The Comprehensive Ideal: taking it beyond the individual school'. Having honoured the pioneering work at Kidbrooke, Clyde Chitty then takes a close look at three key issues: the 'collegiate' scheme proposed by Tim Brighouse, the long-running debate about catchment areas, and the centrality of curriculum reform. The article concludes by arguing that we cannot allow the government to redefine the comprehensive ideal simply as a means of legitimising the introduction of yet more diversity into an already complex and unworkable secondary system.

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CLYDE CHITTY (2005) The Challenges Facing Comprehensive Schools, FORUM, 47(2 & 3 ), 207-211.

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