When you are studying (ore preparing to study) education it can be useful to learn about the overall context.
There was a useful review of the recent history of education last week on Radio 4. It was called Teachers vs Government: seventy years of education policy. It is available on iplayer here.
For me, a teacher whose first job in a school was in 1985, it was interesting to hear the changes I have experienced summarised and discussed. For those of you who have recently begun working in the educational system it is very useful for you to know this background.