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It Goes Without Saying: How the Neoliberal Agenda is Endangering Inclusive Education

Potter, Sophie


Sophie Potter


The UK education system is becoming increasingly dominated by exclusive economic and political ideology. The neoliberal agenda marketises young people and encourages them to take part in a competitive system. The rise of multi-academy trusts (MATs) further exacerbates an already inequitable system in which young people with special education needs and disabilities (SEND) are considered invaluable commodities. Coercive political tactics have allowed the education system to exist in this way without explicit questioning, and those in power benefit from withholding the opportunity to critique the system from educational practitioners. This article utilises Bourdieu’s concept of doxa to explore the surreptitious privatisation of the UK education system and consider the implications of this agenda for inclusive education.


Potter, S. (2022). It Goes Without Saying: How the Neoliberal Agenda is Endangering Inclusive Education. Forum: for Promoting 3-19 Comprehensive Education, 64(2), 79-86.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 15, 2022
Online Publication Date Jul 18, 2022
Publication Date Jul 21, 2022
Deposit Date Mar 9, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jul 19, 2023
Journal FORUM
Print ISSN 0963-8253
Publisher Lawrence and Wishart
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 64
Issue 2
Pages 79-86
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