In the decades after 1944 the four nations of Britain shared a common educational programme.
By 2015, this programme had fragmented: the patterns of schooling and higher education in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England resembled each other less and less.
This new edition of the popular Education in Britain traces and explains this process of divergence, as well as the arguments and conflicts that have accompanied it.
With a reach that extends from the primary school to the university, and from culture to politics and economics, Ken Jones explores the achievements and limits of post-war reform and the egalitarian aspirations of the 1960s and 1970s.
He registers the impact of the Thatcherite revolution of the 1980s, and of the New Labour governments which were its inheritors.
Turning to the twenty-first century, Jones tracks the educational consequences of devolution and austerity.
The result is a book which is more attentive than any other to the ever-increasing diversity of education in Britain.
This comprehensive and accessible overview will have a wide appeal.
It will also be an invaluable resource on courses in educational studies, teacher education and sociology.