The teaching excellence framework: perpetual pedagogical control in postwelfare capitalism

Conor Heaney, Hollie Mackenzie

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In this paper, we argue that Success as a Knowledge Economy, and the Teaching Excellence Framework, will constitute a set of mechanisms of perpetual pedagogical control in which the market will become a regulator of pedagogical possibilities. Rather than supporting pedagogical exploration, or creating conditions for the empowerment of students and teachers, such policies support the precarisation and casualisation of both. We develop these claims through a reading of these policies alongside Gilles Deleuzes Postscript on the Societies of Control, and situating it in the context of what Gary Hall has termed postwelfare capitalism. We conclude by reaching out to others in the tertiary education sector and beyond to ask if this really is the direction we wish to take this sector in the UK.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalCompass: A Journal of Learning and Teaching
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017


  • teaching excellence framework
  • TEF
  • deleuze
  • postwelfare capitalism
  • capitalism
  • pedagogy
  • regulation
  • critical education policy studies


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