National School Policy Changes in Britain and Sweden

  • Christine Hudson
  • Anders Lidström


In both Britain and Sweden, responsibility for schools is shared between the central and local levels of government. Local policy-making is largely dependent on the decisions taken centrally, and these form a general context for local education policies. National education policies establish goals, set rules, provide resources and specify how outcomes should be evaluated. This context may be both constraining and enabling for local decision-makers, that is, it may limit some choices, but at the same time provide opportunities. The national policy context undergoes constant change, and it varies between countries, even if there may be similarities. Further, even if it forms a common context for all the local education authorities within a country, the national policy context must always be interpreted and applied in particular local situations.


Local Government Education System Central Government Secondary Education Education Policy 


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