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Secondary schools (academies and maintained schools) in England: issues of governance and autonomy

West, Anne ORCID: 0000-0003-2932-7667, Wolfe, David and Yaghi, Basma (2022) Secondary schools (academies and maintained schools) in England: issues of governance and autonomy. Clare Market Papers (24). London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 9781909890831

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Abstract

Since 2010 there has been a massive expansion of academies – schools outside local authority control – funded directly by central government. In this working paper we focus on the governance of different types of secondary schools in England: those maintained by local authorities, those that are single academy trusts (SATs) and those that are part of multi-academy trusts (MATs). The research comprised an analysis of legislative provision and policy documents, and a documentary analysis of the governance arrangements of a sample of 23 secondary schools of different types. Our findings reveal that the system of state funded secondary schools in England is fragmented in terms of overall governance, admissions arrangements, the curriculum, and responsibility for use of resources, with schools of different types operating to different rules. The findings provide support for greater clarity and transparency regarding the governance of schools (including school governing bodies akin to those in maintained schools) and add support to the notion of a “common rule book” for all state funded schools. We present a number of implications for policy.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: https://www.lse.ac.uk/social-policy/research/Resea...
Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2022 07:54
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2022 13:24
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/115362

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